Lot Archive


№ 256


5 March 1996

Hammer Price:

Netherlands, Chamberlain’s Key, silver-gilt openwork ornate key, surmounted by a crown incorporating the monogram of William II, 142 x 47 mm, with blue ribbon and additional orange sash, very fine and very rare

The above key is attributed to Aeneas, Baron Mackay d’Ophemert and 10th Baron Reay (1806-76); Minister of State and a Member of the Lower House; Vice President of the Netherlands Royal Council; born Nijmegen 13 Jan. 1806, eldest son of Barthold John Christian Mackay and Anne Magdalen, Baroness de Renfesse de Wilp; married Maria Catharina Anna Fagel, daughter of Baron Fagel, PC, 1837; succeeded to the barony of Reay 1875, on the death of his cousin Eric, the 9th Baron; died The Hague 6 Mar. 1876. His nephew, also named Aeneas (1838-1909) followed his uncle in Dutch politics, and became Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
Sold with accompanying photograph, showing the Baron wearing the Grand Commander’s insignia of the Order of the Lion and other decorations, including the Russian Orders of St. Anne and St. Stanislas.