An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the collection of antique silver plate, formed by Albert, Lord Londesborough; now property of Lady Londesborough

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printed by Richards, privately printed, 1860 - Antiques & Collectibles - 27 pages
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Page 10 - ... silver, gilt ; the body chased all over in feathers. Marked with zig-zag, and a shield displaying the arms of Valenciennes. 4. STORK, in silver ; bearing in its beak an infant, in accordance with the old German nursery legend, that the King of the Storks is the bringer and protector of babies. It is chased all over, the eyes are formed of rubies, and one wing takes off that liquid may be placed in the body, and imbibed through the neck by a hole in the crown of the bird. It was probably a caprice...
Page xiv - The knob below is decorated with the flowers of the pink in compartments ; the foot has gadrooned ornament, below which is the following inscription arranged in two lines : — " Such as loue pleasures more then they loue God, Shall feele his wrath, and heavy scourging rod ; Ye curssed that have followed vayne desire, Are in great danger of that fearefull sentence, which saith,
Page xv - Cowl has attempted in this compact volume three things : ' to exhibit in selected documents the historical development of the general theory of poetry from the middle of the sixteenth century to the close of the nineteenth century...
Page iv - ... stages), reaching from the floor to the roof, were covered with a large and varied assortment of vases all of massive gold, silver-gilt dishes of another sort being used for the service of the meats. An engraving of such a sideboard of five stages, taken from a volume published at Dilingen in 1587, descriptive of the ceremonies at Prague when the Grand Duke Ferdinand of Austria invested the Emperor and the Grand Dukes Carl and Ernest with the order of the Golden Fleece, was given by the late...
Page iv - ... and the Grand Dukes Carl and Ernest with the order of the Golden Fleece. The representation of the banquet held in the palace afterwards, furnishes us with the picture of a royal dresser, here copied. It is valuable for the examples it presents of the chief forms of plate then in use ; the nef and the large double cups made to shut upon the rims of each other, are the most noticeable ; each of the cups formed two goblets for the table ; specimens of two small cups of this kind are given in pi....
Page 25 - English sovereigns were *o will acquainted with their dominions as was Queen Elizabeth : she may be said to have visited every corner of her empire, and in these royal journeys or "progresses.
Page xv - ... xii, fig. 1, may belong to the commencement of the next century ; the nefs range from the middle of the sixteenth century to the close of the seventeenth. The nautilus shells, ostrich egg, and cocoa-nut cups, are works of the close of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth century, a date which may be generally assigned to the quaint figures of birds and animals in plates iv to viii, and pi.
Page xv - These examples of bathos might at first induce the notion that the vessels were for sacred use, did we not remember how common it was to parade religious inscriptions on drinking...
Page 25 - Duke ; to this a chain is appended, which secures the head when lifted. The ground is gilt, and chased in high relief, with storks, serpents, and snails, amid rockwork and plants. It bears the Augsburg mint-mark. 2. STAG, of silver, gilt all over, the collar set with a garnet. Silver bands encircle this curious figure, to which are appended many small silver escutcheons engraved with the arms and names of distinguished officers of the Court of Saxe-Gotha ; the latest being " Her von Mangenheim Camer...
Page v - ... an antidote to poison, and to detect its presence by becoming agitated when plunged in liquor containing it ; for which reason it was attached to a chain of gold for the greater convenience of dipping it in the cup, and it was the butler's duty to make trial or essay of the wine when presenting it to his lord.

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