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Desk Seal from the Board of Ordnance

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A fine Georgian desk seal the face cut with a Shield bearing the Arms of the Board of Ordnance, on a fine and sharply turned ivory handle. English circa 1800. 

h:3 3/4 in x dia:1 3/8 in 

At this time the British Board of Ordnance was a government body responsible for the supply of armaments and munitions to the Royal Navy and British Army. At around the time of this seal, in 1792, with Britain about to engage in the French Revolutionary Wars, the provision of artillery trains was formalized by the ordering of the Field Train Department. The board existed under various names from at least the early fifteenth century until 1855. The board’s cartography capability was later taken over by the Ordnance Survey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item Code: 4147

£ 550

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