Of Royal Interest: A silver cigarette case, by George Henry Cowell, London 1920

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Lot 172
Of Royal Interest: A silver cigarette case, by George Henry Cowell, London 1920

Sold for £ 875 (US$ 1,161) inc. premium

Jewellery and Silver

14 Mar 2013, 11:00 GMT

Edinburgh

Of Royal Interest: A silver cigarette case, by George Henry Cowell, London 1920
Of rectangular form, the crowned cypher of George V applied centrally to the engine-turned ground, framed by a gilded bevelled edge, decorated with pierced tracery interrupted by Tudor rose paterae, address engraved to the interior, length 94mm, to original fitted case retailed by Collingwood Ltd, London

Footnotes

  • This cigarette case 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 and the case was a token of thanks. The family still retain a letter from George V, which, among other things, mentions this gift.

    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, this address is inscribed to the interior of this case. He also kept a residence (after a programme of extensive remodelling) at 8 Upper Grosvenor Street, London SW between 1928 and 1936.
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