CURZON. A George V despatch box which came fvrom Kedleston Hall
The despatch box is of standard size [18 x 12 x 6 ins] but unusually it is covered in cloth rather than leather. The dark blue pebbled cloth is stamped in gilt on the lid with the royal cypher GRV of King George V, the number 4 and MINISTRY OF MUNITIONS OF WAR. The box is locked and there is no key. It has a brass carrying handle on the front and there are traces of a few old paper labels. The cloth is loose in one area from the wood beneath and there is no covering to the base of the box. It retains the auctioneer’s label attached to the handle. The box dates from World War One when Lord Curzon of Kedleston, the former Viceroy of India, was a member of the War Cabinet before becoming Foreign Secretary. The box would have carried papers which he would have been studying during that period. jun21/3
Provenance: By family descent until sold by Neales of Nottingham at the Attic Sale, KEDLESTON HALL The Derbyshire Home of the Curzon Family, Wednesday 13th March 2002. In that sale it was Lot 281 and we include a copy of that part of the catalogue from our reference copy. We have just got round to cataloguing it for the first time.
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