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Duke of Cumberland Silver Gilt Wine Coasters

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A rare pair of silver gilt wine coasters crafted for King Ernest Augustus I, the Duke of Cumberland

Key Features

  • These silver gilt wine coasters bear the arms of King Ernest Augustus I, Duke of Cumberland
  • Exhibiting an outstanding grapevine motif, the coasters were crafted by John & Thomas Gutmore
  • Hallmarked London, 1828
  • 2 ½" high x 5 ¼" diameter

Item Details

  • Height:
    2 1/2 Inches
  • Diameter:
    5 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
This extraordinary pair of silver gilt wine coasters bears the coat of arms of Ernest Augustus I, the Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover. Crafted by esteemed silversmiths John and Thomas Gutmore, the coasters' pierced galleries of fruit-laden grapevines surround the intricately carved coat of arms at their centers, a seamless combination of the English and Hanoverian arms. Silver linked to Cumberland, the uncle of Queen Victoria, are, without exception, items of the highest caliber. Items of matchless quality, royal provenance and incredible rarity, these coasters are among the finest on the market.

Hallmarked London, 1828

2 1/2" high x 5 1/4" diameter

The connection to King Ernest Augustus becomes clear with the inclusion of the unique motto inscribed at the bottom upon a scrolling banner. Though the typical British Royal coat of arms motto reads: "DIEU ET MON DROIT" ("God and My Right"), this crest instead reads: "SUSCIPERE ET FINIRE," a Latin phrase that translates as "To Undertake and Accomplish." This was the motto of King Ernest Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, who would eventually become King of Hanover. In 1837, King William IV, the brother of Ernest Augustus, died. This left the British throne to Victoria, but, as a male heir was required to assume the throne in Hanover under Salic law, Ernest Augustus became King. Thus, this new title is reflected in his crest found here, a crest that is echoed on other fine pieces from the time, including the majestic Royal Family ice pail by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell

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