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6010 A Fine George III Silver Goblet

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Obviously this is not a glass - but it does serve the same purpose as a drinking vessel. It was made in London in 1803 and is fully hallmarked and also bears the maker's mark of John Emes, a good and prolific maker who died in 1808 and whose widow entered into a partnership with Edward Barnard which became (as Edward Barnard & Sons), the largest London manufacturers of silver in the 19th century.

The goblet is a good size - not too large, but just right for a claret or Burgundy. It is of good gauge and is decorated with a bright-cut border of stylised foliage and flowers around the rim and with a reeded foot, the top of which is bright-cut with a narrow band of berries and leaves. The interior is gilt. The marks on the underside are bold and clear. The bowl is also engraved with a vacant cartouche, but initials, a crest or arms have never been engraved.

Silver goblets appeared in large numbers from the late 1770s and curiously, almost always in pairs, although the reason for this, or the social etiquette at the time for it has not yet been established. It is a good opportunity for some original research. The age of elagant goblets had vanished by about 1815, but they continued to be made late into the Victorian period.

This example is in excellent condition with no signs of damage or repair. It is vwery fit for purpose - indeed I while I have it, I think I may well use it for my nightly tipple!

Dimensions: 5.5", 14 cm high

Weight: 7 oz.7 dwt., 229 grams.

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