A George III gold box
Lot 2
A fine George III gold box, by Jacob Amedroz, London 1800,
Sold for £30,000 (US$ 50,372) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine George III gold box,
by Jacob Amedroz, London 1800,
rectangular form with canted corners, the cover finely engraved with two roundels, one with an armorial sheild, the other with presentation inscription: "From the Officers of the 29th Regt to Lt Coll Johnstone. This Box is presented as a token of their high esteem and regard for Him during a period of above Twenty Years service in the above Corps, 1803," set on a wavy engine-turned ground within a linear and pellet border, the sides with engraved with a laurel band above wavy engine-turning, the base with a plain panel within similar engine-turning and border, length 8.1cm, weight 113.4gms.


  • George Johnstone was son of Major William Johnstone. As a Volunteer Ensign he entered the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot in 1782. He continued his service with the regiment, attaining the rank of Captain in 1787, Captain-Lieutenant in 1792, Captain in 1794 and Major in 1799. In 1803, he left the regiment to join the New Brunswick Fencibles as Lieutenant Colonel, the event for which the present lot was presented. In 1810, he joined the 93rd Foot, becoming Brevet Colonel in 1812 and Major General in 1814.

    He served in British North America 1782-1787, the West Indies 1793-1795 and as Brigade Major in Ireland 1798, British North America 1803-1810 and the Cape of Good Hope 1810-1814. In 1815, Major General Johnstone was made commander of the 6th British Brigade. The 6th was part of Sir Charles Colville's 4th Anglo-Hanoverian Division stationed at Hal, guarding the right flank of the army at Waterloo.