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An exceptionally fine George III Silver Gilt Toilet Box made in London circa 1780 by John Hutson.


The box is circular in form and plain in design, with a pull-off cover decorated with a reeded band. The quality of this piece is exceptional and both the cover and side are engraved with a contemporary Armorial, below the Coronet of a Baron, all surrounded by a bright cut cascading cartouche. The Arms are those of The Right Honourable The Lord Stuart de Rothesay GCB PC. He was twice Ambassador to France and also served as Ambassador to Russia between 1841 and 1844. He was the grandson of Prime Minister,John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. He was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Bath in 1812 and sworn of the Privy Council in 1814. In 1815 he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. In 1816 he married Lady Elizabeth Margaret, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Harwick. After his retirement from the diplomatic service he devoted his time to building a new family seat, this being Highcliffe Castle in Dorset.

The box is in quite excellent condition and is marked with the makers mark in the base and the makers mark and sterling mark on the cover.

Diameter: 2 inches, 5cm.

Height: 1.25 inches, 3.13cm.