Maker’s mark of Robert Garrard
Diameter: 25.5 cm, 10 in.
Weight: 11,520 gr., 370 oz. 8dwt.
Engraved with the badge of the 54th Regiment of Foot.
Robert Garrard II was apprenticed in 1809 to his father, Robert Garrard I, a partner of Wakelin and Company, and gained his freedom of the Grocers' Company by patrimony in 1816. After the death of his father in 1818, Garrard entered his mark and, with his brothers James and Sebastian, took over the management of the workshop. During the early nineteenth century, the firm's business expanded at a tremendous rate, especially after the decline of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell in the 1820s. In 1830, the Garrards were appointed goldsmiths and jewellers to the king and in 1843 official crown jewellers. A large design studio was set up by them, which was modelled on that developed by Rundel, Bridge and Rundell and employed several well-known painters and sculptors, including Edmund Cotterill. During the mid-nineteenth century, Garrard's was one of the leading producers of elaborate presentation silver.Description
In the early half of the 1800’s, the 54th Regiment of Foot, (then the West Norfolk Regiment) was based abroad for many years. By the time they were ordered to return to England in 1854, the Officers’ Mess had accumulated considerable funds. There was a rumour that the War Office would impound what they considered excessive mess funds, so the Commanding Officer decided to purchase a silver dinner service from Garrard as property was exempt.
In 1881, the 54th was re-badged as the 2nd Battalion of the Dorset Regiment and after a Second World War that Battalion was disbanded, leaving just the 1st Battalion who were amalgamated in 1958 to form the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment.
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