Maker’s mark of John Bridge (1755-1834), senior partner of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell between 1823 and his death, on a silver seal box, London, 1830. The number 4172, which is scratched on the underside of the box, is thought to be a contemporary Rundell’s production, stock or customer number. Sold at Sotheby’s Belgravia, 1 May 1975, lot 112 (£700).
My note in the catalogue reads: ‘This box was the gift of Robert, 8th Marquess of Londonderry, shortly before his death in 1955, to the present owner, H. Montgomery Hyde, Esq. Together with another box of the same design, it had originally been ordered from Rundell, Bridge & Rundell for the seals attached to letters of credence for Charles, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, upon his appointment as Ambassador to St. Petersburg. Opposition to the appointment caused Londonderry to withdraw and in consequence the boxes were never used. For details of the incident, see Lady Londonderry, Frances Anne, London, 1958, pp. 181 and 182.
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