SOLD - A Victorian Antique English Silver Entree Dish & Warming Stand

SOLD - A Victorian Antique English Silver Entree Dish & Warming Stand

London, 1849 by

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Description

With a mouse at each corner and a working mousetrap on the cover. Engraved with the inscription "Presented to the Mess of the 2nd Life Guards, by George Trafford Heald, Cornet, on his retiring, 1st August 1849".<br /><br />

It's not often that a piece of presentation plate comments wryly on the situation of the donor but that must be the case here. George Trafford Heald was a wealthy young cavalry officer with a large inheritance. In 1848 he met and married in London Lola Montez an Irish "dancer and actress" who had been around the block a few times. For Lola (not her real name) had married at sixteen, separated (but not divorced) at twenty-one, and had afterwards been the mistress of mad King Ludwig of Bavaria, Franz Liszt, Alexandre Dumas père...and those are the famous ones.<br /><br />

While we at Shrubsole are careful to preserve a non-judgement zone particularly as regards women of scant virtue such was not the case in 1840s London. Heald had a maiden aunt (of course) who learned all this. She threatened an action for bigamy which forced Heald to resign from his regiment and flee the country. Apparently he got out with his sense of humor intact.

Dimensions

Size Length: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm.)
Weight 81 oz. 2 dwt.
Stock No V9161

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