A rare George III silver Argyll by David Kerr Edinburgh, circa 1765
Lot 357
A rare George III silver Argyll by David Kerr Edinburgh, circa 1765
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 4,182) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare George III silver Argyll
by David Kerr Edinburgh, circa 1765
Of plain drum shaped form, the lid with a narrow twisted rim, the finial of baluster form, the handle wrapped with cane, with curving spout, the lower half of the exterior fitted with a hinged lid funnel which connects to the false bottom cavity, the lid and body with crest, height 11.5cm, weight 9.3oz.

Footnotes

  • The crest to the lid is very rubbed.
    The crest to the body is probably for Crab of Robslaw Scotland and has also been recorded for MacLauglan, M'Lean and Gorlay. The following Irish or names with no specified location have also been recorded; Britweesil, Dudman, MacCan, MacKenna, Redinghan, Salmond and Willeigh.

    The Argyll is said to have been invented by the 3rd Duke of Argyll (1682-1761). It acts as a gravy-warmer and has been made in many shapes and sizes. This particular style keeps the gravy warm by inserting hot water into the exterior funnel which extends into the false bottom.

    Scottish examples are extremely rare and this one is thought to be one of the earliest known.

    Provenance;
    The private collection of the late Johnny Noble of Ardkinglas and thence by descent.
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