Antique Silver George III Argyle made in 1791
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1791
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: Peter, Ann & William Bateman
STOCK CODE: W15x15
A very elegant George III antique silver argyle. It has a vase-shaped body which has a reed border on the base and top of main body. The pull-off lid has a ball finial and the argyle has a fruitwood handle.
The body is engraved with the crest of Robert Findlay of Easterhill Glasgow, Scotland.
Dimensions: height 16.5 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.
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