A magnificent antique sterling silver samovar with hand chased decoration and folding handle with raffia finish. The matching stand has an ornate cast and pierced frieze with face masks, and stands on large shell feet; the detachable burner has a rise and fall wick. An excellent piece with heavy gauge silver and good colour. Hand engraved to the front is a large hand engraved armorial with the motto “Pro Rege Lege Grege”. To the reverse is the crest of a serpent over a crown, repeated on the kettle stand. Weight 2120 grams, 68.1 troy ounces. Total height 36cm (to top of handle). London 1815. Maker Robert Garrard.
Signed – The crest “Pro rege, lege, et grege” translates as “For the king, the law, and the people”. This is an 18th-century motto of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and then of Poland. The crest of three arrows entwined with a snake over a ducal coronet is the Ponsonby-Fane Family Crest.