Quality Silver - Sensible Prices. We are offering for sale an extremely rare and excellent quality silver argyle featuring a full Coat-of-Arms and motto for a high ranking nobleman and made by one of the most important London silver retailers of the 19th century - Garrards. Argyles come in many forms and are clever pots for delivering warm gravy (or sauce) to the table. They are so called because their use was first promoted by the 5th Duke of Argyle.The story goes, that John Campbell, the fifth Duke of Argyll, and his wife Elizabeth Gunning, Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, disliked the cold gravy that arrived at their table from the kitchens of Inverary Castle. So through several adaptations, where heat was retained in some form next to the gravy in a variety of ingenious methods to maintain its temperature prior to use, the argyle was born. This Victorian silver argyle (or argyll) has a double skin which means there is a cavity between the outer surface and the interior. There is a hinged flap between the handle and hinge that can be lifted and boiling hot water can be poured inside to fill the cavity and keep the contents of the pot warm.
The presence of the stand has two functions: it raises the pot from the table surface to prevent scorching, but also it can maintain the heat of the argyle via the small paraffin burner set in to the base - in much the same way as a coffee biggin works. This argyle has insulators to the silver handle which protects the user from heat and the front of the tapering cylindrical body is engraved with a full Coat-of-Arms and Latin motto below.The motto reads " Craignez Honte " which translates to "Dread Shame". The armorial is topped by a double crest and the coronet of a Duke and lanked by two lion double queued (split tail) supporters. The Coat-of-Arms, crests, supporters and motto on this argyle belong to William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland (1857 to 1943). The double crest and ducal coronet are further engraved to the stand and burner. The armorial to the body is a little worn and there is a short to and from presentation inscription below which although the two names are illegible can be seen to include from Duchess...
The quality of this piece is outstanding. The argyle has a very satisfying, hefty weight when lifted and it displays all the signs of top workmanship that you would expect from Garrards - for example the flush hinge to the cover.
Making a double-skinned vessel is extremely complex and so this would have been extremely expensive when first made - hence the rarity of such objects! Provenance: William Cavendish-Bentinck was a British land owner, courtier and Conservative politician.
He succeeded to the title of 6th Duke of Portland in 1879. The Master of the Horse is an important official within the Royal household and is the 3rd dignitary of the court. All matters connected to the horses of Queen Victoria (and King Edward VII from 1901) would have been within his jurisdiction. From 1937 to 1943 he was Chancellor of the Order of the Garter.At the coronation of King George VI. In 1937, Portland carried the crown of Queen Elizabeth (the present Queen's mother). Please view our specialist site for a further large selection of fine quality Victorian, Georgian and earlier silver. Cm (10.8) high incl. Stand; 22cm (8.7") wide from handle to spout tip; 14.5cm (5.7") diameter stand; 1000 ml (1.75pint) volume; t.
Full set of English hallmarks (guaranteeing Sterling 925 standard silver) for London 1885 by. All component pieces are appropriately marked and match each other.Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions. Other options available on request. Express options by other carriers available on request. We have been dealing in antique silver for 25 years and supply some of the UK's leading retail outlets with top quality stock.
We enjoy a strong reputation for honesty and integrity and never sell second rate items. As leading specialists in the field of fine antique silver, we have two sites. Explains the impact of the recent high metal prices on antique sterling silver and explains how to best take advantage of the situation. The item "Very Rare SILVER ARGYLE by Garrards, London 1885 Duke of Portland Coat-of-Arms" is in sale since Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Teapots & Sets". The seller is "sunbeau" and is located in Royal Forest of Dean. This item can be shipped worldwide.