struck with sunray and crossed S marks, German, circa 1830, the rim numbered: 7355
rectangular, the lid inset with a glass paste cameo, by Clemens Johannes Welzel, signed: C. Welzel, of Frederick William III, King of Prussia, in profile to dexter, the interior with commemorative inscription, the ground, sides and base plaid engine-turned within reeding and formal neo-classical motifs on a sablé ground
The inscription reads: König/ Friedrich/ Wilhelm III/ den 31t Januar/ 1831.
Frederick William (1770-1840) succeeded his father Frederick William II in 1797 as King of Prussia. In 1793, he had married the beautiful Princess Luise, daughter of Karl, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
C.J. Welzel (also known as Wetzel) is recorded as a gem and heraldic engraver in Berlin, dying on 21 November 1847 at the age of 46 and leaving a widow and 4 minor children (Wolfgang Scheffler, Berliner Goldschmiede, Berlin, 1968, no. 2092).
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