Lot 644

Military - Caribbean Wars - An 18th century...

Auction Date: 23/06/2022 at 09:30 am

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Military - Caribbean Wars - An 18th century mahogany writing box, 405mm x 150mm x 255 mm, in fine condition bearing an octagonal silver plaque to lid reading: 'Major General George William Ramsay to George Antoine Ramsay, January 1st 1811. The box features a fold-down writing surface (slight age wear), plus compartments for writing paper, envelopes etc. An important antique writing box which once belonged to a leading figure in the wars in the Caribbean during the latter decades of the 18th c George William Ramsay (1761-1819) was a career soldier who became the Governor General of the newly created Antigua and Montserrat, during the Caribbean Wars. He had served as Lt Col in the York Rangers up to 1795 serving in Barbados, St Vincent, Tobago and Trinidad, and then transferred to the 60th Regiment of Foot serving in Tobago, Antigua and Grenada. He became Governor General of Antigua and Montserrat in 1816 after the dissolution of the former British Leeward Islands. This box was given to his son, George Antoine Ramsay who served in various regiments including the 77th East Middlesex Regiment of Foot and the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot. It then passed to Bishop George Popham-Blyth (1832-1915) who rose to be Bishop in Jerusalem. The item is accompanied by a considerable amount of research material compiled by the present vendor

Guide Price: £5000.00 - £7000.00

(Not sold)