A George III Antique English Silver Cup and Cover
This cup and cover is a great example of early 19th century militaria, in neoclassical taste, by the greatest silversmith of the period. Its inscription reads:<br /><br />
"This Tribute of Respect and Friendship, enjoyed during a Series of fourteen Years, was Presented to Edward Wigan Esquire, late lieutenant colonel of The Royal West Regiment of London Militia, by the Officers of that Regiment, 1810."<br /><br />
Edward Wigan was in fact a silversmith, son of the silversmith Thomas Wigan, though for some reason the Goldsmiths rejected his petition to join them in 1791 and he joined the Cutlers instead. Nevertheless, he partnered with Samuel Goodbehere, Robert Watts and John Wright, and operated a silversmithing firm alongside his commission in the Royal West London Militia. He died in 1814 at the age of 56, just a few years after receiving this cup.<br /><br />
Marked on base rim and cover, base stamped RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS ET PRINCIPIS WALLIAE LONDINI FECERUNT.
|Size||Height: 15 5/8 in.|
|Weight||139 oz. 4 dwt.|