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Box, presented with Freedom of City of Edinburgh to Admiral Sir George Rodney

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Box, presented with Freedom of City of Edinburgh to Admiral Sir George Rodney
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This gold box was presented with the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh to Admiral Sir George Rodney following his victory over a Spanish squadron at Cape St.Vincent in 1780.

The box is engraved with the Admiral's portrait, with the winged figure of Victory crowning him with a laurel wreath over his head. In the background is the city of Edinburgh, with the Castle on the left, and the hills of Fife in the distance.

Rodney had no particular connection with Edinburgh, but cities commonly offered such tributes to successful senior commanders.

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