• Christie's Interiors - Style & auction at Christies

    Sale 5925

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    17 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 123

    A GEORGE IV SILVER CUP AND COVER

    MARK OF JOHN HOULE, LONDON, 1823

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE IV SILVER CUP AND COVER
    MARK OF JOHN HOULE, LONDON, 1823
    Campana-shape, chased with leaves and fruiting vines, on pedestal foot and with scroll handles, engraved with an inscription, in fitted oak case; together with a brass foghorn
    14 in. (36 cm.) high
    78 oz. (2418 gr.)
    The inscription reads 'To Montgomerie Hamilton Esqre. COMMANDER OF THE HONORABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY'S SHIP DUNIRA FROM COLONEL DALBIAC, AND THE OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, AND PRIVATES, OF FOUR TROOPS OF HIS MAJESTYS 4THregt OF LIGHT DRAGOONS; a small but sincere testimony of the high sense they entertained, of the friendly and gentlemanlike reception which they met with on board that Ship, during their voyage from London to Bombay, in the early part of the Year 1822 in the course of which they were made no less sensible of the kindeness [sic] and consideration which was extended to all ranks throughout the voyage, than of the extreme liberality with which their wants and their wishes were either anticipated or attended to in every instance and upon every occasion' (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Captain Montgomerie Hamilton was born in Scotland circa 1781 and began his career in the service of the East India Company as a midshipman in the Bombay Castle in 1797-8. Remaining in her through several promotions, he was eventually given her command but left her for the Dunira in 1817 where he remained until retiring from the sea in 1833.

    General Sir James Charles Dalbiac, K.C.H. joined the 4th Regiment of Light Dragoons in July 1793, within months of the outbreak of War with Revolutionary France, and was made Lieutenant in February 1794. Successively promoted Captain in 1798, Major in 1801 and Lieut.-Colonel in 1808, he fought in the Peninsular War from April 1809 and was present at the Battle of Talavera in July 1809. He served throughout the winter campaign of 1810 and subsequently commanded the regiment at various actions including the Battle of Salamanca. Made Colonel in June 1814, he was promoted Major-General in 1825 and finally Lieut.-General in 1838. For many years the Colonel of the 4th Light Dragoons, he also published a treatise for the instruction of young cavalry officers which he dedicated to the ['Grand Old'] Duke of York.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage