The oval carved and pressed straight-sided box having a
silver-mounted pull off
clearly marked OBrisset, with date 1727,
depicting the new King George II
(1727-1760) on horseback
with GR 2 beneath the Royal Coronet on the horse hindquarter saddle
viewing his fleet depicted below, above the molded inscription : OBrisset Londini Fecit,
inscribed around the upper border : GEORGIUS II DG. M. BR. FR. ET HIB. REX FD;
the lid interior
scratched in script by 19th century owner :
Josu? Garnier, Jersaie, Iles de la Manche, Octobre 1869**
Ref : This box is somewhat rare.
An earlier “rare” box attributed to Samuel Lambelet, c.1717,
similarly depicts Peter the Great
on horseback and reviewing his
fleet, made in commemoration of the foundation of the Russian navy.
This box was pictured in Phillips, P.A.S. : John Obrisset No.
69; and Hardwick, P. : Discovering Horn, pp. 9. An Obrisset
tortoiseshell version of Peter the Great was exhibited 1998,
National Maritime Museum, London, “Peter the Great in England”, and
is in the collection of the British Museum.
(see images below)
Condition : Minor
abrasion to the cover; the silver mount with minor losses visible in
image; a small vertical crack to the
base side with an old brad reinforcement from the interior; the
fleet and inscription above rubbed from normal usage, as is the edge
inscription at the top; central details quite sharp and clean.
4” Long x 3-1/8” Wide x 3/4” High
**The Channel Islands (?les d'la Manche,
?les Anglo-Normandes or ?les de la Manche) are an
archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel,
off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate
bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are
not part of the United Kingdom.