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Lot 77

A GUINEA BALANCE

by Thomas Williams, London, c.1774, the steel beam with articulated ends, two brass pans and a tassel to suspend them from, in a fitted carved wooden case, with weights and brass hook clasp, makers label inside the lid listing official weights of guineas, half-gunieas etc. from 31 August 1774, and annotated "24 grains is one pennyweight".

Estimate: £50 - £100
Bidding ended. Lot is unsold.

Provenance: The lid is inscribed with initials "JB" for John Bragge. John Bragge was a Dorsetshire countryman who rebuilt the family home, Sadbarow House, about 1774 and became a JP and Deputy Lieutenant of the county.  His portrait by Gainsborough is in the Dorset County Museum.

Acquired from Sadbarow by the vendor's grandfather either when a curate nearby, or at the sale of the last Bragge's effects in 1922.

The Bartelot Family Collection, mostly the property of Rev. Richard Grosvenor Bartelot FSA, Rector of Fordington, Dorchester 1907-1939, or his son Major R St G G Bartelot.

Grosvenor Bartelot was born in 1868 and went to Crewkerne Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford, in the 1880s. In the next two decades he served as curate at Corfe Castle, Anglican chaplain in Turin, and as the Bishop of Salisbury's missioner covering duties of other clergy all over Dorset. He became a noted antiquarian and genealogist and was elected FSA. Having been born a Bartlett, in 1898 he changed his name to the original Norman form, Bartelot. In 1906 he became Vicar of Fordington St George, Dorchester, and next year he married Evelyn, daughter of Alfred Pope Esq of South Court and Wrackleford House, founder of the Eldridge Pope brewery. Having retired in 1936 to Timsbury, Somerset, he died in 1947.


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