Antique Silver Salts – Novelty Mermaid
Date: 1838 - 1872
Maker: Robert Garrard II
A fine quality set of three antique sterling silver salt cellars modelled as a mermaid draped in a fishing net...
A fine quality set of three antique sterling silver salt cellars modelled as a mermaid draped in a fishing net and holding a giant sea shell. Heavy cast silver. Original gilt finish. Hand engraved inside the bowl of the salt is a stylistic monogram below a ducal coronet.
Total weight 1039 grams, 33.4 troy ounces.
Height 5.5cm. Width 9.5cm. Depth9 cm.
One is made by Robert Garrard, London 1838.
The other pair, an identical copy, is by Henry William Curry, London 1872.
Marks. Stamped with a full set of clear English hallmarks on the edge of the shell.
These excellent condiments are in very good condition. The gilt is original and medium bright, there is a small amount of wear to the inside of the bowl.
Maker: Robert Garrard II
The original company that was to become Garrard was founded by George Wickes (1698–1761). Wickes entered his mark in 1722, moving to Panton Street off Haymarket in central London in 1735 as a goldsmith and provider of jewellery and other luxury items to aristocratic patrons. Wickes, an accomplished silversmith known for his work in the rococo style, gained the patronage of Frederick, Prince of Wales. Two apprentices of Wickes, John Parker and Edward Wakelin, purchased the business on Wickes’ retirement in 1760, replaced by John Wakelin and William Taylor in 1776. Following the death of William Taylor, Robert Garrard became a partner in 1792 and took sole control of the business in 1802. On his death in 1818, his three eldest sons, Robert Garrard II, James Garrard and Sebastian Garrard took control by trading as R., J. and S. Garrard. James retired in 1835 and the company became R & S Garrard. In 1843, Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of Crown Jewellers, leading to the production of numerous pieces of silverware and jewellery for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown Jewels. When Robert Garrard II died in 1881 the business passed to his nephew, James Mortimer Garrard. The company remained in the hands of the Garrard family until the death of Sebastian Henry Garrard, great-grandson of Robert Garrard senior, in 1946. The name Garrard & Company Ltd was registered in 1909, and the company moved to new premises in Albemarle Street in central London in 1911.
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