A pair of Victorian Scottish silver "Armada" pattern wine ewers maker's mark JM in an oval punch, unrecorded, Glasgow 1857  (2)
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A pair of Victorian Scottish silver Armada pattern wine ewers maker's mark JM in an oval punch, unrecorded, Glasgow 1857 (2)
Sold for £8,125 (US$ 13,125) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of Victorian Scottish silver Armada pattern wine ewers
maker's mark JM in an oval punch, unrecorded, Glasgow 1857
Of conventional form, the large acanthus leaf cartouches engraved with coat of arms and presentation inscription, the scroll handles with spring action grip to release the covers, height 37.6cm, weight 84.7oz. (2)

Footnotes

  • The presentation inscription reads;
    Presented by the inhabitants of Hamilton to James Merry esq, of Belladrum in testimony of their personal regard and their appreciation of his spirited and patriotic conduct in rescuing the representation of Falkirk District of Boroughs in Parliament from Tory domination 9th October 1857.

    The shield is that of Hamilton of Scotland, and the crest is recorded for Elford and also Wright.

    James Merry was born in 1805. After completing his education at the University of Glasgow, he inherited the family coal business which was soon to become the second largest coal and iron company in Scotland due to a merger with another firm.
    Merry's passions were racing and breeding horses, and he was an influential member of the 'turf', winning the Derby twice; first in 1860 with Thormanby and again in 1873.
    He ran for Parliament as a Liberal MP and although he lost in his first attempt to win the Glasgow seat in 1857, his second attempt that year was more successful when he gained the Falkirk Burghs seat. He was later stripped of this seat after an enquiry into corrupt practices, however two years later he was re-elected and served in parliament until 1874.
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