A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.
A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.
A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.
A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.
A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.
A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.
A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.
A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.

A highly important George IV silver gilt Coronation Box made in London in 1823 by the Royal Box maker, Alexander James Strachan.

1823 London

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The Box has a deep circular form and is engraved with an engine turned frame on the cover and sides. The base is decorated with concentric engraving and a plain raised outer frame. The cover is inset with a Coronation laureate portrait medal with a left profile of George IV, with GEORGIVS IV DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARVM REX, around the edge. The front is also marked Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, the Royal Goldsmiths. The interior of the cover displays the reverse of the medallion with a crossed branch cartouche enclosing CROWNED JULY XIX MDCCCXXI, with a floral bouquet and the Hanoverian horse below and the Imperial Crown above. The edge of the reverse displays GOD SAVE THE KING in raised lettering. The box is of an exceptional gauge and is fully marked in the base and with the maker's mark, sterling mark and date letter on the cover. The box is in excellent condition and is of a very fine weight.

King George IV commissioned a limited number of these Coronation Medals from the Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, who made the King's Crown Jewels and helped him, when Prince Regent, in assembling a magnificent collection of gold and silver works, both antique and new, which forms the core of the Royal Collection of silver today. The medals were mounted in fabulous boxes to be given as gifts. Two others which are known to have survived are both contained within the Royal Collection. The first mounted in tortoiseshell, which was presented to King George V by Queen Mary on his birthday, 3rd June, 1917. The second was also acquired by Queen Mary and given to King George V, Christmas Day, 1921. Alexander James Strachan supplied Rundell, Bridge & Rundell with the majority of their boxes and has consequently been described as "the Paul Storr" of boxes.

Height: 1.1 inches.
Diameter: 3.4 inches.
Weight: 11oz.
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