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Impeccable antique sovereign case dating to the early Edwardian era, date letter stamped for 1903, fully hallmarked for 15ct gold and manufacture by George Unite Caroline Street Birmingham.
Crafted from lush 15ct rose gold with gothic initials we believe to be ‘ALS’ to the front and a date, 9. 3. 11 to the verso which would be the date this fine piece was presented to the original owner.
Opening to reveal the inside which is as fine as the outside, with a fully functional engine turned spring bed just waiting for a sovereign or two once again.
At some time in his history a very convenient wide large gauged rose gold top ring has been added, it is fully sealed and substantial, which allows a chain, a bolt ring or a dog clip to attach with ease.
In very fine condition, collectible caratage and maker, this piece is a collectors dream.
History of George Unite (1798 – 19 October 1896)
George Unite was born in Birmingham in 1798 to Samuel and Prudence Unite. He was apprenticed to Joseph Willmore in 1810 as a silversmith.
He worked in partnership with James Hilliard from 1825, but registered his own makers mark "GU", with the Birmingham Assay Office on 8 August 1832, when he gave his address as 42, Caroline Street, Birmingham. The Hilliard partnership ended before 1845, and Unite continued business under his own name.
By 1854, the firm was at 65 Caroline Street and had representation through agents at Thavies Inn, Holborn, London. The business became George Unite & Sons c. 1865. Unite died in 1896 and the company merged with William Henry Lyde's electroplate company, operating out of 50 Newhall Hill, Birmingham, in 1928, to become George Unite Sons & Lyde Ltd.
Drop with top ring and bale - 5cm
15 / 625 / ‘Anchor’ For Birmingham / ‘d’ Date letter for 1903
‘GU’ For George Unite - Caroline Street, Birmingham
Very good to excellent antique condition. No dents to case. Opens and closes securely. Spring bed works perfectly. Minor marks to gold, insignificant. Inside in fine condition also. Lovely sovereign case.