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A GEORGE III SILVER-GILT CUP AND COVER
PROPERTY OF A ROYAL HOUSE
A GEORGE III SILVER-GILT CUP AND COVER

MARK OF ROBERT SHARP, LONDON, 1799

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A GEORGE III SILVER-GILT CUP AND COVER
MARK OF ROBERT SHARP, LONDON, 1799
Vase-shaped and on spreading foot with gadrooned border, the lower body part-fluted, applied on each side with an oval cartouche with ribbon-tied husk border, one engraved with a presentation inscription, the other with a coat-of-arms, with two reeded angular handles, with detachable part-fluted cover, marked on foot and cover bezel
16 in. (40.2 cm.) high
79 oz. (2,456 gr.)
The inscription reads 'A token of friendship and gratitude from Governor Dalzel to Captain John Tobin, 1799' .

The arms are those of Tobin, for Captain John Tobin (1763-1851).
Provenance
Captain Sir John Tobin (1763-1851).
The Collection of Neil and Sharon Phillips; Christie's, New York, 26 October 2007, lot 173.

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Governor Archibald Dalzel (1740-1811) was the British Governor of the Gold Coast, now Ghana, Africa. Trained as a surgeon, he published The History of Dahomy, an Inland Kingdom of Africa; Compiled from Authentic Memoirs in 1793. A portrait of Governor Dalzel can be seen at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.

Captain John Tobin (1763-1851) was a successful privateer and slave trader from the Isle of Man. He went to sea at an early age as an apprentice in a merchant vessel and on his first voyage was captured by a French privateer. In 1793, while Britain was still at war with France, Tobin became a master mariner and took over the privateer Gipsy and later Molly. He captured numerous French vessels, each of which carried valuable cargoes including slaves. He continued the lucrative business of privateering and slave trading until it was abolished in 1807.

Upon his early retirement, he became active in Liverpool politics and became mayor in 1819. He was knighted by George IV at Carlton House in 1820.

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