Georgian Silver Argyle
Date: 1805 - 1806
Maker: John Emes
A classic style antique sterling silver gravy jug with vase shape on a pedestal foot. Lovely plain style with a...
A classic style antique sterling silver gravy jug with vase shape on a pedestal foot. Lovely plain style with a crest of a cat holding a flag engraved to both front and lid. With pull off lid and a central heating chamber. Capacity just a little under half a pint. Weight 457 grams, 14.7 troy ounces. Height 16 cms. All pieces hallmarked London 1805/6. Maker John Emes.
Literature: An argyle is a gravy-warmer similar in shape to a covered coffee pot. The gravy is kept warm by various means. It is named after John Campbell (1723-1806), the fifth Duke of Argyll who hated the way that gravy arrived cold to the table from his kitchens at Inverary Castle during the cold Scottish winters. Argyles were produced up until the Victorian period in both silver and Sheffield plate. They are very rare and only a limited number now survive.
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: John Emes
This manufacturing silversmiths, originally established by Anthony Nelme c.1680, passed to Francis Nelme on his death in 1722. Thomas Whipham took over in 1739, passing to his son Thomas Whipham jr 1756 who took Charles Wright as partner. Henry Chawner took over the business in 1786; Chawner had been Edward Barnard I’s master and Barnard’s son Edward became foreman of the firm. John Emes became a partner in 1796 and when Chawner retired Emes took over keeping Edward Barnard II as manager. Emes died in 1808 and his widow Rebecca took Edward Barnard II as partner. Rebecca Emes retired In 1829 and Edward Barnard I became owner, together with his son Edward Barnard II, John Barnard and William Barnard, trading as Edward Barnard & Sons. After the retirement of Edward Barnard I the firm was continued by Edward Barnard II (1846-1851), John Barnard I (1846-1868), William Barnard (1846), Edward Barnard III (1868), Walter Barnard (1868-1903), John Barnard II (1868-1903), Michael Barnard (1896-1903), Stanley Barnard (1896-1903) and Robert Dubcock (1896). The firm became a limited liability company in 1910 as Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. In 1977 Edward Barnard & Sons Limited became a subsidiary of Padgett & Braham Ltd
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