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An exceptionally fine & rare George III Argyle made in London in 1777 by Walter Brind


The Argyle is modelled in the Drum form and displays a beaded base. The slightly domed pull off cover also has a beaded edge and terminates in a silver mounted fruitwood finial. This example has a beautiful slender swan neck spout and fruitwood handle. The Argyle has an outer hot water jacket, which can be filled from a hinged section on the upper part of the handle, to keep the contents hot. It is fully marked on the base and with the makers mark and sterling mark on the cover. The front of the main body is engraved with a most unusual contemporary Crest, the engraving of which has been executed to the highest standard.

Argyles are generally accepted to have been containers for gravy or sauce, the design incorporating some form of heat preserving element. The credit for inventing these pieces goes to the 3rd Duke of Argyll, as he and his Duchess became tired of their sauces arriving cold at the dining table at Inverary Castle. Their greatest period of poularity was from 1765-1820. Argyles of this design, are particularly scarce, especially in such outstanding condition.

Length, handle to spout: 8 inches, 20cm.

Diameter of the base: 3.45 inches, 8.63cm.

Height: 5 inches, 12.5cm.

Weight: 13oz.