Antique Silver Georgian Argyle made in 1817
A delightful Georgian silver argyle with a round body and gadroon border at the top. The body and the lid are engraved with the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland, crest.
|Made By||Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard I|
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A delightful Georgian antique silver argyle with a round body and gadroon border at the top. The body and the lid are engraved with the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland, crest.
The argyle has a pull-off lid and a wicker handle. It also has a central heating chamber to keep the contents hot.
It is marked on the side of the body and the inside of the lid.
Dimensions: height to finial 12.6 cm, width (of base) 9 cm
John Campbell, the fifth Duke of Argyll, and his wife, Elizabeth Gunning, Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, hated the way that gravy arrived cold to their table from the kitchens of their Inveraray Castle during the cold Scottish winters.
The Duke (1723 – 1806), succeeding his father, the fourth Duke of Argyll in 1770, was the promoter of a new piece of tableware designed to maintain the warmth of the gravy in its vessel. This, with a bit of imagination, was the origin of a warmer called ‘argyle’ (silver argyle, silver argyll) in honour of the noble family that first made a wide use of this device.
Silver argyle (silver argyll) is a gravy-warmer made in various shapes – similar to a covered coffee pot with one handle and one spout. The gravy is kept warm by means of hot water contained in a compartment created by a double exterior wall.
Rebecca Emes (died 1830) was an English silversmith, known for her household silverware. Little is known of her life. She married the engraver and watercolour painter John Emes.
In 1796, John Emes became partner in the London silversmith company of Thomas Chawner and his son Henry Chawner. The firm specialised in silver tea and coffee services. When the elder Chawner retired, Emes became sole owner and presumably carried on his own work of creating engravings for publications, while Rebecca started to work in the silversmith business.
John Emes died in 1808 and Rebecca became a partner with Edward Barnard, the foreman, and Henry Chawner. The firm, which operated under the name Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard, grew considerably during their tenure. Emes withdrew from the business in 1829.
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