George III Silver Salver
Maker: Richard Rugg
A good quality antique sterling silver salver with a gadroon border and pad feet. Good size. The centre has a...
A good quality antique sterling silver salver with a gadroon border and pad feet. Good size. The centre has a hand engraved coat of arms within a finely executed cartouche. Weight 1183 grams, 38 troy ounces. Diameter 35.5cm. Height 3.8cm. London 1767. Maker Richard Rugg.
This good sized silver tray is in very good condition with no damage. Good weight. The silver marks are well stamped and clear. The borders are still crisp. The engraving has definition with slight wear.
Maker: Richard Rugg
Richard Rugg I, London silversmith, worked from 1754. Specialist salver maker. His son Richard Rugg II was apprenticed to his father in 1763 and registered his first and only known mark in 1775. The registered mark of Richard Rugg I is very similar to that of Robert Rew, both were prolific salver makers and worked approximately in the same period. The problem of the correct attribution of the R•R mark is well known and this amusing rhyme appeared in the introduction to a Sotheby's catalogue of provincial silver spoons offered for sale in 1935: Said Robert Rew to Richard Rugg "RR's my mark"; but with a shrug Said Richard Rugg to Robert Rew "I'm RR just as much as you"; So neither yielded; both held out, And left the question still in doubt The attribution of a specific mark to a particular maker is sometimes speculative. In a case where the doubt is between two makers of equal importance, like Richard Rugg and Robert Rew, the question may be only of academic interest.
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