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Georgian Silver Covered Vegetable Dishes

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A pair of heavy, Georgian covered vegetable dishes in sterling silver, made in 1823, with marks for London and 'IH' in square reserve. The handles can be removed, so that the tops may be used as serving dishes as well. The dishes use earls' crowns as handles and bear the crest of the Earl of Glencairn, at that point the Cunninghams. The famously odd motto, "Over Fork Over" refers to the Cunningham who hastily hid the new king of Scotland, Malcolm, from MacBeth's assassins by forking hay over the fellow who intoned, "Over, fork over." The king was saved and royalty favored the stable boy's line. Robert Burns' heartfelt poem, 'Lament for the Earl of Glencairn,' clearly states the debt owed to the lord who subsidized and heralded this rare, Scottish poet. His silver was, and here is, magnificent- still bearing the famous motto.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1823
  • Condition Details
    Excellent
  • Seller Location
    Greenwich, CT
  • Seller Reference Number
    GIFT22855
  • Reference Number
    JU12071328321
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