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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A very fine and unusual George III Argyle made in London in 1785 by William Plummer."
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Argyle's are generally accepted to have been containers for gravy or sauce, the design incorporating some form of heat preserving element. The credit for inventing these pieces goes to the 3rd Duke of Argyll, as he and his Duchess became tired of their sauces arriving cold at the dining table at Inverary Castle. Their greatest period of popularity was from 1765-1820. This is a particular attractive design and a near identical example is shown on page 14, fig 4 of " The Price Guide to Antique Silver " by Peter Waldron, 1982 Edition.
Height: 8 inches, 20cm.
Diameter of the main body: 3.75 inches, 9.38 cm
Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd
12 The Old Power Station
121 Mortlake High Street