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The furniture-makers Nicholas Morel and George Seddon went into partnership in 1826 to decorate George IV’s new Private Apartments in Windsor Castle. The firm produced a series of designs showing the principal elevations of each room, with the intended

George IV's lavish refurbishment of the Green Drawing Room at Windsor, 1824-30

George Smith III (mark used 1774-86)

Ceremonial trowel 1824

RCIN 50426

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On 12 August 1824, George IV marked his 62nd birthday by laying the foundation stone of what became the George IV Gate at Windsor Castle. He used this silver ceremonial trowel, engraved with a presentation inscription and with his GR monogram on the handle. It would be more than four years before the new apartments were ready for the king to take up residence.