A 19th century Continental vari-coloured gold box in the 18th century style, marked with 20K under a fleur de lys, probably Swiss

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Lot 3A
A 19th century Continental vari-coloured gold box in the 18th century style,
marked with 20K under a fleur de lys, probably Swiss

Sold for £ 4,080 (US$ 5,631) inc. premium
A 19th century Continental vari-coloured gold box in the 18th century style,
marked with 20K under a fleur de lys, probably Swiss
of oval form, the cover with a four colour gold architectural capriccio on a banded engine-turned ground within a scroll-engraved border, the sides and base with similar capricci with scroll and lattice borders, the underside of the cover with the inscription: "Hugh Lord Delamere, from George Hamilton Seymour 1866,", length 7.6cm, weight 103.1gms.

Footnotes

  • Hugh Cholmondeley, 2nd Baron Delamere (1811–1887), was the eldest son of Thomas Cholmondeley. Their seat was Vale Royal Great House, Cheshire. In 1848, Cholmondeley married Lady Sarah Hay-Drummond, daughter of Thomas Hay-Drummond, 11th Earl of Kinnoull; she died in 1859.

    He married again in 1860, this time to Augusta Emily Seymour, daughter of Sir George Hamilton Seymour. Their eldest son, Hugh (1870–1931), became famous/notorious in his advocacy of white rule in British East Africa, later Kenya.

    Sir George Hamilton Seymour (1797-1880) was a diplomatist. After Eton and Oxford, he served with Lord Castlereagh and held various posts in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin, Constantinople and Florence. In 1831, he led and unsuccessful special mission to Rome and married Gertrude Brand, third daughter of the the twenty first lord Dacre; they had four sons and three daughters. He played a significant role in the securing of Belgian independence in 1835 and went on to serve in St Petersburg and Vienna, including the discussions that led to the end of the Crimean War and the treaty of Paris of 1856. He retired in 1858.
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