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Robert Garrard II (1793 - 1881) The Lonsdale Salver

A Victorian Salver

London, 1869
Maker’s mark of Robert Garrard II
Retailed by R & S Garrard - marked R & S Garrard Panton St. London. 

Engraved with the coat-of-arms of Hugh Cecil, Earl of Lonsdale

Diameter: 57 cm, 22.44 in. 
Weight: 4,153 g, 133 oz 10 dwt


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Silversmith Biography

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 Garrard’s 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 Rundell, 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.


The shaped circular salver with ovolo border engraved below with geometric lozenges and rosettes. The flat surface further engraved with shell, acanthus and foliate décor to create six circular cartouches. The centre engraved with the coat-of-arms of Lonsdale.

The Lonsdale Salver (1793 - 1881) Reference: DT22.48.1