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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Country: Great Britain

    Default Royal key mystery

    Measuring some 4.5 inches long; made of steel and within the hoop a gilded brass tag bearing the initials GR (George Rex/George Reign)

    Engraved along the shank are the words Carrington Bowls Esqr. Some research has established that at the latter part of the C18th Carrington Bowles had a shop at St Paul's Churchyard where he sold both maps and prints.

    Close scrutiny of the pictures will show that one of the "R"'s I Carrington has been filed out, as if the engraver
    made a mistake??

    Neither the British Museum, the London Museum or the V and A have been able to cast light on it.

    I thought the name Bowles may have a connection to
    Prince Charlie's wife but apparently not....

    A local antiques auctioneer expressed great excitement but purely in monetary terms.

    Any clues amongst you key experts?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Country: Wales


    Hello daveham, can you show the reverse side of the brass GR tag, also both top and bottom edges of it- the loop around the bow and the lower edge which swings above where the bow of the key joins the stem- thanks.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Country: Great Britain

    Default Royal Key


    Both sides of the gilded tag are identical. I don't quite understand what additional photos you are wanting. Please elaborate.

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