William IV Hall Marked Silver Claret Jug by Benjamin Smith
Made in London in 1832, this jug is both useful and ornemental. Raised on an elegant foot and fluted stem, the baluster body swells to a pounced ground repoussee with floral garlands, in turn surmounted by an acanthus band, a motif reiterated by the handle. There is an inscription around the foot that reads" A parting tribute of grateful respect and esteem to the Rev.d Mourant Brock MA from a member of his late congregation, at the Abbey Church Bath. 1854. There is a further inscription "Goldsmith to the Queen, Bath"
Unusually it is offered with an oak, blue velvet lined carrying case with a campaign type countersunk handle.
The recipient was born in 1802 and died in 1883.
Bath was a fashionable Spa town in Somerset, much patronised by high society.
The Queen mentioned could be William IV's consort, Adelaide of Saxe Meinegen but is probably Victoria Since the presentation was made 22 years after the hallmark.
Benjamin Smith was a very well-regarded London maker, much of his work is the equal of Paul Storr. This is a fine example very much in the Regency tradition.
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