rectangular, engine-turned within wide borders chased with coloured gold scrolling flowery garlands, the interior of the lid with presentation inscription dated 1840,
maker's mark IGRC in a horizontal lozenge, unofficial PC3 3e titre in use in Geneva
accompanied by a two page presentation letter on mourning writing paper from Lord Denbigh, writing on Queen Adelaide's behalf to Richard Creed
Dimensions: 9cm ; 3 1/2 in;
Condition Report: box in good conditionalthough base is loose and there is a small tear to gold on hinge interior ; letter somewhat tattered.
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The inscription reads:
Presented / by / the Queen Dowager / to / Richard Creed Esqr. / 1840
The letter reads: 'Marlboro' House
Septr 26th 1840
I am honoured with the Queen Dowager's Commands to transmit to you the accompanying Gold Snuff Box, which Her Majesty has been pleased to present to you as a testimony of the satisfaction which Her Majesty has experienced from your unremitting attentions.'
Richard Creed, a banker, was secretary of the London & Birmingham Railway Company at the time of the presentation, providing special trains for the Queen Dowager and her suite whenever she travelled from Euston where the company was based. He died, aged 88, in 1867.