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Lot 141/7025

Estimate: €200-300

Great Seal of Ireland
A good example of the Great Seal of Ireland, early Victorian period, in green/black wax, 6 ins diameter, 1 inch thick, recto with the young Queen on horseback above the crowned harp and shamrocks, within the circular legend ‘Victoria Dei Gratia Brittaniarum Regina Fidei Defensor’, verso with Queen on throne flanked by retainers over coat of arms, surrounded by wreath of oak leaves.
Examples of the Great Seal of Ireland from any period are rare. Hilary Jenkinson’s ‘Guide to Seals in the Public Record Office’ (1954) states (pp. 43-4) that ‘a fairly intensive search some years ago in England and Ireland for impressions of the Irish Seals produced a total of only forty, for the period from the thirteenth century onward’ [a period encompassing about one hundred sovereigns].

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