Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

23/11/2011

Loot from the summer palace’: Incredible inscription in gold box stolen during Chinese Opium wars that made its value soar to £490,000

A small metal box looted from a Chinese imperial palace has sold for a staggering £490,000 because it had a British soldier’s ‘confessional note’ engraved on it. Captain James Gunter took the gold-plated item from the emperor’s Summer Palace in Peking (Beijing) in 1860 as a trophy of the Opium wars with China. Upon his return to England, he had inscribed on the inside of the lid ‘Loot from the Summer Palace …Capt. James Gunter’. for more click here

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