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Lot 675: PAIR OF EARLY GEORGE III ARMORIAL SILVER TRIPOD SAUCE BOATS, OF AMERICAN INTEREST, WITH LATER INSCRIPTIONS
30 October 2016
PAIR OF EARLY GEORGE III ARMORIAL SILVER TRIPOD SAUCE BOATS, OF AMERICAN INTEREST, WITH LATER INSCRIPTIONS
Marks possibly Daniel Smith, and Robert Sharp, London, 1763, one with French import mark of insect over Roman Numeral V in a rectangle; each with engraved armorial at one side and the initials G.R. in script at the other, beneath gadroon rim, flanked by double scroll handle, on shell-backed scroll feet, ending in shell pad feet; each later engraved ''This belonged to the Hon. George Read of Delaware 1733-1798, (son of Col. John Read 1688-1756) Royal Attorney General 1763-1744-Author of Addresses to the King from Del. Legislature also of first Constitution & First edition of Laws of Delaware, one of the two Statesmen and the only Southern Statesman who signed the three great State papers on which our history is founded, viz: the Original Petition to the King of the Congress of 1774, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. He was more-over President & Chief Justice of Delaware, Judge of the National Court of Appeals in Admiralty, and United States Senator twice elected. This silver was inherited by his son the Hon. John Read 1769-1854, by his grandson the Hon. John Meredith Read Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and by his great grandson, General John Meredith Read and also engraved ''This gravy boat was made in 1763 by Danl. Smith and Robt. Sharp, Westmorland Buildings, London, who were makers of the pair of Tankards for Trinity College, Oxford, exhibited at South Kensington Museum, 1862''. 4 7/8 x 8 1/2 in., approx. 24.7 oz.