An excellent quality antique sterling silver salver with a scalloped shell border and scroll feet. Good size. The centre has a double hand engraved crest within a finely executed cartouche depicting an English country garden with trees, flowers, garden architecture, fruit, a swan and much more. Weight 1433 grams, 46 troy ounces. Diameter 37.5 cms. Height 3.5 cms. London 1764. Maker Richard Rugg.
Biography – Richard Rugg I worked in London from 1754. He was a specialist salver maker. His son Richard Rugg II was apprenticed to his father in 1763 and registered his first and only known mark in 1775 The registered mark of Richard Rugg I is very similar to that of Robert Rew, both being prolific salver makers and working approximately in the same period. The problem of the correct attribution of the R•R mark is well known and this amusing rhyme appeared in the introduction to a Sotheby’s catalogue of provincial silver spoons offered for sale in 1935: Said Robert Rew to Richard Rugg “RR’s my mark”; but with a shrug Said Richard Rugg to Robert Rew “I’m RR just as much as you”; So neither yielded; both held out, And left the question still in doubt The attribution of a specific mark to a particular maker is sometimes speculative. In a case where the doubt is between two makers of equal importance, like Richard Rugg and Robert Rew, the question may be only of academic interest