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Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George III English sterling silver argyle; an addition to our Georgian dining silverware collection

SKU: A4383
Price: £3,950.00
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Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III
Sterling Silver Argyle - Antique George III

Description


This exceptional antique George III sterling silver argyle* has a plain cylindrical form.


The plain body of this silver argyle is embellished with a contemporary bright cut engraved crest of a dexter hand and arm fessways armed and holding a broken dagger in pale, to one side.


The upper and lower rims of the vessel are encircled with an applied reed decorated border.


This impressive example of Georgian silverware is fitted with a domed push fit cover surmounted with a silver ball style finial.


The cover is further ornamented with bands of tooled decoration in addition to the aforementioned crest to the body.


The cover allows access to the conical shaped chamber to the interior, featuring a secondary push fit domed hallmarked cover, encompassed with further tooled decoration.


The argyle is fitted with the original carved pear wood C shaped handle with scrolling thumbpiece and fitted to plain sterling silver sockets.


This antique silver argyle has an impressive, plain swan necked spout.


This antique argyle has a fine colour and patination**.


Such original period examples in this exceptional condition are becoming increasingly difficult to locate and are rare to the market.


* A silver argyle, otherwise known as a silver argyll, is a gravy warmer; an internal chamber filled with hot water keeps the gravy warm from kitchen to table. The original argyll/argyle was crafted in honour of the fifth Duke of Argyll, John Campbell (1723-1806) and his wife Elizabeth Gunning, Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon.


** Patination or Patina is a subtle colouration or tarnish which forms on the surface of some metals, produced by oxidation or other chemical processes. A good patina proffers an aesthetically pleasing look.


Date: 1787

Condition


This antique Georgian silver argyle is a very good gauge of silver, exceptional quality for its type and in exceptional condition in keeping with age.

The interior of the argyle has been professionally cleaned and is ready for use.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the body and maker's mark to the underside of the base, in addition to part hallmarks to the rim of each cover are very clear.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of Georgian silverware.


Dimensions


Length from back of handle to tip of spout 19cm/7.5"

Diameter 8.2cm/3.2"

Height to top of thumbpiece 12cm/4.7"


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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