M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GOOD GEORGE IV SILVER BOTTLE NECK RING & SILVER-MOUNTED STOPPER
Samuel Jackson, London, 1829
Of heavy gauge silver, the deep neck ring chased with an encircling vine and grape clusters,
the leaves and stem finely stippled,
centering a frontal cartouche surmounted by leaves and a flowerhead,
and sided by small grape clusters, the center incised 'CHAMPAIGN';
attached by a belcher chain to a corresponding silver-mounted stopper chased en suite,
and having a pierced a pierced finial comprised of a grape stem, leaves and trailing grape cluster;
retaining an early cork with excellent patination
Champaign is an old spelling for Champagne.
The Story of Champagne, Nicholas Faith, relates that British poet Samuel Butler (1613-1680)
referred to the French the beverage as 'brisk' – that is sparking 'champaign'.
It was also mentioned in the cellar book of the Earl of Bedford as 'shampaigne'.
Inevitably the bubbly beverage gained the reputation as sovereign to love –
an attachment that it carries yet today :
'Then sparking Champaign Puts an end to their reign;
It recover Poor languising lovers.'
(Sir George Etherege, British dramatist, c1636-92)
Condition : Excellent; beautifully chased; good gauge to silver; no flaws observed;
the chain a replacement, marked 925
Neck ring : 4.25" Wide / 2.75" High at center cartouche
3.7 total oz.
(will also fit magnum and jeraboam)
Backside shown above
Also See :
Left to Right :
Fine Victorian Cast Silver Heraldic Bottle Stopper, Murray, Dukes of Atholl (or Athole) and the Earls of Dunmore (Hennell)
Good George IV Silver Bottle Neck Ring and Silver-Mounted Bottle Stopper (Samuel Jackson)
Victorian Cast Silver Heraldic Bottle Stopper, Earls of Essex and Ewe, Barons Bourchier(William Hunter)
Pair Scottish Victorian Silver Figural Bottle Stopper (John MacKay, Edinburgh, 1880. 4.3 oz.)
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