Magnificent Illuminated Charter, 1767
Manuscript: Royal Letters patent of George III, dated September 3rd, 1767, granting to Thomas, Lord Howth, the titles Viscount St. Lawrence, and Earl of Howth. A large document on vellum, appro. 76cms x 82cms (30" x 32 1/2") with elaborately gold decorated border and first line, also with very finely executed Royal portrait and arms of Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain, with military trophies. There are three coats of arms down left hand side, including those of the Viscount Townshend, Lord Lieutenant, and the Earl of Howth. The endorsement is signed by John Lodge, Deputy Clerk, and Keeper of the Rolls. Together with royal seal, approx. 16cms (6 1/2") in diameter, in its original metal box attached.
The above is contained in its original purpose made wooden box with finely hand tooled leather skin (worn), and with elaborate contemporary engraved makers label of 'Charles Tennant, at the Sign of the Royal Trunk at the Corner of Wine Tavern Street and Merchant's Quay in Dublin.' As a manuscript, w.a.f. (2)
* A magnificent document in excellent condition.