This medal cabinet, with 135 shallow drawers that can accommodate more than six thousand coins and medals, is one of two cabinets that probably formed the end sections of a larger piece of furniture, called His Majesty's Grand Medal Case. (Its mate is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.) The pair appears to have been commissioned by the future George III; the door of the top section is carved with the star of the Order of the Garter, to which the Prince of Wales had been elected in 1750. Originally the cabinets rested on open stands. William Vile made alterations to both cabinets, the most extensive of which was the filling in of the space between the legs.
Inscription: HONI. SOIT. QUI. MAL. Y. PENSE. (carved on Garter Star within band)
Marking: Stamped on metal lock plate inside three doors: HOBBS & Co London/By Appointment [Royal Arms]
Stamped on lock plate of three drawers: HOBBS & Co London
Stamped on lock plate of bottom drawer: HOBBS & Co/London/By Appointment
The Prince of Wales (later George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland ) (in ca. 1760) ; George IV, King of Great Britain and Ireland (until 1825) ; possibly the British Museum (in 1825) ; 2nd Duke of Wellington , Stratfield Saye House, Hampshire, England