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Inventory no. 50441 - Former Display Label

PEN & INK CASE with ?Irish GUINEA EXCHANGE TABLE & RULER
c.1800

Silver, unsigned and undated; length 154 mm, section 20 x 13 mm. In the form of an oval tube, there are two sections that can be pulled apart, the lower one for pens, the upper for ink.

Engraved on one side: "Gui £.f.d." and a table from 1 = £1.2.9. up to 1000 = £1137.10.0. The other side is a 6-inch rule by 1/8 inches. On the bottom is a seal with initials (reversed) B H. The table gives the value of a guinea as £1.2.9., indicating that the reckoning is in Irish pounds, shillings and pence. A guinea was 21 shillings (English), and the ratio of exchange 13:12. A closely similar case in the National Museum, Dublin, is signed: Aeneas Ryan, Dublin, dated to c.1800.

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