Sunday, 3 July 2016

Royal cypher

A Royal cypher is a "monogram-like device of a country's reigning sovereign" (Wikipedia) which in the UK is most commonly seen on postboxes which usually bear EIIR standing for Elizabeth II of course. However there are still many postboxes which still bear the names of earlier monarchs. Most of these are for George VI and George V but even some for Edward VIII during his short reign and earlier monarchs.

In Four Oaks is a postbox which bears the cypher GR which dates it from the reign of George V which means it was probably installed between 1910 and 1936.