This is a most fascinating item. The red leather box has an interesting top. It is edged with a gilt floral motif with an inner incised pattern. In the centre are three gilt crowns with the initials ‘GR’ beneath for George IV. The front of the box has two crowns with the ‘GR’ initials in the centre. The hinges and front security clips are absent. The interior of the box is covered with deep turquoise paper. Within the main compartment there are cardboard fittings to hold a scroll and the seal boxes. The scroll is at the back and it is attached to the gilt seal boxes by deep blue ribbons. Each seal box has a raised crown. When the lids of the seal boxes are opened they reveal the two original seals. The document itself is dated 1827 and is a beautifully hand-written heraldic parchment. It awards and gives details of the armorials for one Edmund Stedman and is signed by William Woods, Norfolk Herald and Deputy Garter, on behalf of Sir George Naylor, Garter Principal King of Arms, and by Ralph Bigland, Clarencaux King of Arms, whose seals are in the boxes. The coat of arms is beautifully painted and gilded. There is wear and slight cracking of the leather box and as mentioned, the hinges and closures are absent. The holders for the seal boxes have parted slightly at one end but are still present and the gilt decoration on the top of these is worn. Despite this, this item is a fantastic example of the detail that was lavished on such special documents and it is astonishing that it has survived to give us an extraordinary historical insight. As such, it would grace any collection. Length of box 21.5 ins (54.5cm) x 5.25 ins (13.7cm) x 2.25 ins (5.cm). Weight 958 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 208. Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $46.00 USD – with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Extraordinary Named Document & Seal Box, c1827
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