Of Royal Interest: A 9ct gold desk set by Goldsmiths & Co. Ltd, London 1936
Lot 171
Of Royal Interest: A 9ct gold desk set by Goldsmiths & Co. Ltd, London 1936
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 26,369) inc. premium

Lot Details
Of Royal Interest: A 9ct gold desk set by Goldsmiths & Co. Ltd, London 1936 Of Royal Interest: A 9ct gold desk set by Goldsmiths & Co. Ltd, London 1936
Of Royal Interest: A 9ct gold desk set by Goldsmiths & Co. Ltd, London 1936
The rectangular box with hinged lid, inset with two circular glass inkwells and a dished pen tray, to stepped feet, the top engraved with a Baron's coronet above 'G', length 21.50cm, height 60mm, weight 1,212g

Footnotes

  • By family repute, this desk set was a gift from George V to John Nivison, 2nd Baron Glendyne of Sanquhar. Lord Glendyne acted as one of two executors of the estate of George V's sister, Princess Victoria, upon her death in December 1935.

    John Nivison was born on 14 March 1878 and succeeded to the title 2nd Baron Glendyne, of Sanquhar on 14th June 1930. He died on 28 January 1967.

    The title of Baronet had been created, in 1914, for John's father, Robert Nivison, founder of R Nivison & Co. (a stockbrokerage which acted extensively for the governments of the Dominions) for services to the British and Dominion governments. In 1922, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Glendyne of Sanquhar.

    John Nivison had a property, Herontye, in East Grinstead which he acquired in 1926. He also kept a residence (after a programme of extensive remodelling) at 8 Upper Grosvenor Street, London SW between 1928 and 1936.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the hallmark on this desk set was used between May 1936 and May 1937. George V died in January 1936, therefore the provenance should read that 'By family repute, this desk set was a gift from a member of The Royal Family to John Nivison, 2nd Baron Glendyne of Sanquhar.'
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