George III Silver Salver with Cast Border
Maker: Richard Rugg
An excellent quality antique sterling silver salver with a decorative cast border. The plain centre has a decorative hand engraved...
An excellent quality antique sterling silver salver with a decorative cast border. The plain centre has a decorative hand engraved cartouche with a crest of an arm holding a dagger. The pierced border is decorated with roses and has a bead edge. Weight 435 grams, 13.9 troy ounces. Diameter 21 cms. Height 3 cms. London 1764. Maker Richard Rugg or Robert Rew.
This excellent salver is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. The engraving is sharp. The silver marks are clear. The cast border is also stamped with the lion passant and makers mark. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
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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