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,
As described in the Queen's Collection, the "Rectangular shagreen case, lined with velvet, containing a pipe in two pieces with two mouth pieces of ivory and coral, on a gold chain. Gold stem unscrews into two parts. Gold plaque mounted on lid with AE monogram."
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