unmarked Rectangular form, the hinged cover engraved with two oak fronds framing the initials 'DB' and opening to reveal a foliate and lozenge pierced grille, length 3cm, weight 17.1gms.
George Baird (b 1842) was the grandson of Charles Baird and son of Francis Baird and Dorothea Halliday. Upon his father's death in 1864, George took over the Baird Foundry together with Charles John Baird - who was married to Dorothea's sister.
In 1871, George Baird petitioned Alexander II, asking to be confirmed as a hereditary nobleman, on the basis that his grandfather had obtained a hereditary nobleman's title. In a document dated 22 December 1871, the Senate is stated to have considered the request for a patent of nobility because Charles Baird had received so many decorations and had become a Russian subject. Francis Baird had also sworn the allegiance of his family to the Russian throne in 1847.
George eventually moved back to England in 1882 following the assassination of Alexander II, selling the Baird Foundry to the Franco-Russian Society.
It is possible that the initials on the present lot, 'DB', are those of George's mother, Dorothea Baird.