Monday, April 1, 2013

A Royal Present from Queen Mary to King George V

George Frederick Ernest Albert, King of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British dominions beyond the seas, and Emperor of India, known as George V (1865-1936), was a quiet and unassuming man. 




He also was a heavy smoker. 


June 22, 1911: George V crowned King at Westminster Abbey


So it is no surprise that Queen Mary, his consort, would offer him this jewel of a pipe.




It was carved by Alexander James Strachan (c. 1799-c. 1850), a silversmith of great talent,



Snuff box by Strachan, Alexander James (box, maker) ca 1800
Enamelled engine-turned gold and pearls
 The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


 The pipe-bowl is hallmarked 1792-1793,


Bust of George V acquired by Queen Mary, consort of King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1867-1953)
from Kathleen Scott (Lady Kennet), 26 June 1935 







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