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AN ELIZABETH II GOLD TUMBLER-CUP
MARK OF LESLIE DURBIN, LONDON, 1963, 18CT
Plain cylindrical, engraved in Latin with a presentation inscription, marked near rim
2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) diameter
3.8 oz. (119 gr.)
The inscription translates as 'To his dearest wife, who for 36 years has blessed him with the greatest joy and the greatest love, now with a grateful heart Humphrey Noble CMW dedicates this cup made from gold and as it were the mirror of a golden life.'
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Belgravia, 31 May 1979, lot 136.

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The inscription almost certainly records the gift of the cup to Celia, Lady Noble (d.1982) from her husband Sir Humphrey Brunel Noble of Ardmore, 4th Bt., M.B.E., M.C. (1892-1968). Sir Humphrey was educated at Eton and King's College Cambridge. He was a major in the Northumberland Hussars and fought in World War I and World War II. In the former he was mentioned in despatches twice and awarded the Belgian Order of Leopold and the French Croix de Guerre. He was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1956. He married Celia, only daughter of Captain Stewart Carnac Weigall, R.N., in 1926.

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