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This pair features an outstanding quality, and is a unique set of historic relevance. The two bases are applied with armorials, one cast in relief "DURHAM 1875", the other with the family crest of Sir George Elliot, 1st Baronet (please see "Fairbairn's Book of Crests" p. 185), with the Latin motto relating to the figural allegories (the two pieces are designed and produced on commission for a special occasion). Sir George Elliot was a self-made businessman and a Conservative Party Member of Parliament. He was created a baronet in 1874, and advised Benjamin Disraeli to invest in the Suez Canal. He was also the financial advisor to the Egyptian Khedive (the viceroy under the Ottomans) and received an honour from the King of Portugal. He was also president of Durham University Society and in 1876 he was Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons.
The pair is in fact part of a larger table service presented to Sir George Elliot in occasion of the "Grand banquet and testimonial to Sir George Elliot", held at the city of Durham, March 31, 1875. The event is recorded in the "Historical register of remarkable events which have occurred in Northumberland and Durham (...)", 1867, pp. 307-310 (please follow this link to read the full text). The total cost of the service, originally composing of 10 pieces, was over 2000 guineas. The pair is part of a set of four dessert dishes flanking the central piece, and the set was published on The Illustrated London News, 15 May 1875 (please follow this link). Follow this link to a larger picture, the pair is visible flanking the central centerpiece.
Each part is fully Hallmarked English Silver (925 standard), London, year 1874 (t), Maker's mark crowned IH & RR (John Hunt & Robert Roskell, Hunt & Roskell, successors of the Paul Storr firm, the most important English Royal silversmiths of all time). Each base is further stamped with the retailer's mark "HUNT & ROSKELL, LATE STORR, MORTIMER & HUNT".
|Height||34.50 cm||(13.58 inches)|
|Width||30.00 cm||(11.81 inches)|
Pushkin Antiques Ltd
Lower Ground Floor, Grays Antiques
58 Davies Street