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An Equestrian Silver Model of Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1849
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An Equestrian Silver Model of Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1849

Measurements: Height: 21cm (8.5in)



Silver and parcel-gilt. The Duke of Wellington modelled in Field Marshal’s uniform. Maker’s mark of Joseph Angell. Hallmarked London 1849. The underside of the parcel-gilt base inscribed ‘MODELLED BY / CARTHAY // EXHIBITION / 1851 // ANGELL 10 SSTRAND & 52 PANTON ST. / FECIT’. Mounted on an ebonised wood base of ovoid and tapering form.

The firm of Joseph Angell and Son was one of the largest and most important silversmithing and jewellery, manufacturers and retailers in London in the mid 19th century. The firm’s founder Joseph Angell senior was apprenticed to a City goldsmith in 1796, and entered his first mark as a plateworker at the London Assay Office  in 1811. The firm originally operated as manufacturing silversmiths, supplying the leading London retailers Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and Hunt & Roskell. In this capacity Angell produced in 1824 the silver mounts the ‘Waterloo Tree Quaich’ for battlefield souvenir hunter Sir Walter Scott. On the retirement of Joseph Angell senior in January 1848, his son opened a retail premises at 10 The Strand, through which the present model passed. Joseph junior maintained the firm’s standing in within the front rank of London firms by joining in 1850 the Society of Arts committee planning the Great Exhibition of 1851 under the presidency of Prince Albert. The inscription to the underside of the parcel gilt base further suggests that the present model was accordingly displayed at the Exhibition.