Birmingham enamel box, Kent Volunteers review by George III, Maidstone, dated 1st August 1799

$2,200.00 AUD

Birmingham enamel box, painted with Britania, a Lion & Unicorn, surmounting a triumphant arch, inscribed with the inscription ‘Kent Volunteers / Loyal, Brave & True’ , also ‘Reviewed by His Majesty, Mote Park near Maidstone / 1st August 1799’ , the interior with a mirror.

Condition

repair to base and small chip on top, mirror degraded

Size

5x4cm, 2.5cm high

References

This is apparently a unique survivor, created as a souvenir of an important event in the lead-up to the Napoleonic Wars, when England was bracing for a possible French invasion. See accompanying documentation for a full discussion of this rare piece of English history.

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