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    Sale 2091

    Important American Silver

    17 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 158

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER-GILT SAUCE TUREENS OF AMERICAN INTEREST

    MARK OF THOMAS EVANS, LONDON, 1776

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER-GILT SAUCE TUREENS OF AMERICAN INTEREST
    MARK OF THOMAS EVANS, LONDON, 1776
    Each oval, the oval bases with gadrooned border, the body with gadrooned borders and engraved with a coat-of-arms within ribbon and husk mantling, with two upswept reeded handles, the domed cover with urn-form finial and acanthus calyx, engraved with crest and motto, each marked on body and cover
    9¼ in. long over handles; 42 oz. (2)


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    The arms are those of Spry, as borne by the descendants of Rear Admiral Sir Richard Spry (1715-1775), naval captain and Commander of the sloop Comet Bomb.

    Richard Spry is well known in the field of American silver as the recipient of the massive "Comet Bomb" silver presentation cup by Jacob Hurd. The cup was presented to Spry by a group of Boston merchants after he captured a French privateer in 1744. (See David B. Warren, et al., Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver, cat. no. 57, pp.57-59.)
    For a biography of Spry's distinguished naval career, see Laurence O'Toole, The Cornish Captain's Tale, 1986 (a copy accompanies this lot).

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF AN ENGLISH COLLECTOR