A George III silver mounted Drinking Glass for Edward Charles Howard.
A George III silver mounted glass Drinking Glass, the foot and lower stem made in London in 1810 by Robert Garrard. The upper side of the foot is applied with three gold ovals with hair commemorating the family of Edward Charles Howard, F.R.S., [died 1816], a self-tought chemist, who developed and patented new methods of refining sugar, discovered fulminate of mercury [for which he won the Copley medal], and studied iron alloys in meteorites.
Edward was born on 28 May 1774 at Darnell Hall near Sheffield, the youngest son of Henry Howard of Glossop (1713-1787), a descendant of the Earls of Arundel and kinsman of the 9th Duke of Norfolk. Edward’s mother, Juliana, was the daughter of Sir William Molyneux, Baronet, who died in 1781, a Verdurer of Sherwood Forest. Juliana’s brother, Sir Francis Molyneux, was Usher of the Black Rod to the House of Lords. Edward’s elder brother, Bernard, became the 12th Duke of Norfolk when his cousin, the 11th Duke, died without heirs. Edward Charles was evidently a favourite son of his mother, who left, in the briefest of wills, almost the entirety of her estate to him, apart from a clock on her mantelpiece, which she left to her sister.
The applied gold and enamel ovals, with woven hair under glass, commemorate the death of Julia, Edward’s mother, on the 12th January 1808; the death of his wife, Elizabeth, née Maycock, on the 4th December 1810; and the births or christenings of his three children [this mount with a border in blue enamel] – Elizabeth on the 27th November 1800, Edward on the 2nd July 1805, and Julia on the 2nd October 1807.
Whilst jewellery commemorating births and deaths in quite commonly found, this glass is an unusual survival. The wine glass is mounted within a calyx of stylised leaves, in the early 18th century manner, but the silver foot is decorated with a neoclassical Greek key pattern.
Good. No damage.
Height – 13.40 cm.; Diameter – 7 cm.; Weight – 174 gms.