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A George IV silver-gilt Warwick vase and plinth
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A George IV silver-gilt Warwick vase and plinth

MARK OF PAUL STORR, LONDON, 1823

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A George IV silver-gilt Warwick vase and plinth
Mark of Paul Storr, London, 1823
Vase-shaped on square base with beaded and egg-and-dart border, the square plinth on plain base chased above with bands of scrolling acanthus foliage and water leaves, the sides with recessed panels within palm foliage borders, one with applied silver plaque of the storming of the Redan, another with portrait bust of Major General Charles Ashe Windham within crossed laurel, the third engraved with his coat-of-arms and the fourth with presentation inscription, the upper part of the plinth with further band of scrolling foliage and plain rim, marked on vase and plinth, the applied plaque and bust unmarked, the base of the vase stamped 'SMITH & NICHOLSON DUKE ST LINN. INN FIELDS'
Overall height 18¾in. (46.5cm.) high
325ozs. (10,125gr.)
The inscription reads, 'TO MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES ASHE WINDHAM C.B. THIS VASE IS PRESENTED AS A TOKEN OF THE GREAT RESPECT ENTERTAINED
FOR HIM BY HIS FRIENDS IN WARWICKSHIRE, AND ESPECIALLY OF THEIR HIGH
ADMIRATION OF THOSE BRILLIANT SERVICES DURING THE CRIMEAN WAR, WHICH
HAVE NOT ONLY SECURED FOR HIM THE GRATITUDE OF HIS FELLOW COUNTRYMEN, BUT WON FOR HIM AN IMPERISHABLE NAME IN HISTORY AS THE HERO OF THE REDAN

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Lot Essay

The arms are those of Windham for Sir Charles Ashe Windham C.B. (1810-1870). Sir Charles is chiefly remembered for the heroic way he led the storming party of the 2nd Division at the assault on the Redan on 8 September 1855. Windham had arrived in the Crimea a year earlier and had seen light action at the battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman. His bravery and attention to duty had already resulted in him being made a Companion of the Bath in July 1855 and being given the command of the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Division. The press reports of his bravery at the Redan, even though the assault was unsuccessful, brought him great recognition at home, as recorded by the inscription on the plinth of this lot. He was feted not only in Warwickshire but also in his home county of Norfolk, where he was given the Freedom of the City of Norwich. He was the fourth son of Admiral William Windham of Felbrigg Hall, co. Norfolk. On his return from the Crimea he stood for Parliament as one of the Liberal candidates for East Norfolk and was duly elected on 6 April 1857. However, on the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny later that year he was sent to Calcutta where he defended the town of Cawnpore and was in command of Lahore until his return to England in 1861, when he was made a Lieutenant-General and Knight of the Bath. He left England again in 1867 as commander of the British Forces in Canada and it was in this post that he died at Jacksonville in 1870.
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