Rare Regency 18 Karat Gold Bracelet Belonging to the Earl and Countess Grosvenor
    English, circa 1820

    The front of the cartouche curved outline with entwined raised foliate design in polished gold, applied with a pair of grisailles miniatures on copper, said to be of the Grosvenors, each within seed pearl frames, the reverse containing plaited locks of hair and respective initials RG and TG below glass, attached to a wide gold link mesh bracelet-the front- 2 3/4 in; the bracelet-5 1/4 x 1 in.

    Having invested during the early 18th century in property in Mayfair, then an area of dubious repute on London's outskirts, the Grosvenors are one of Britain's wealthiest families. In 1874 Queen Victoria promoted Hugh Lupus Grosvenor from Marques to Duke of Westminster, creating the last non-royal duchy in England. As a result, the Duke of Westminster holds the paradoxical distinctions of being both the richest hereditary peer and last in precedence among Great Britain's ducal houses.

    Purchased from Sheldon Shapiro, London

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