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George III Trinity House Silver Presentation Cup and Cover, 1795
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George III Trinity House Silver Presentation Cup and Cover, 1795

Measurements: Height: 42cm (16.5in)



Silver. Modelled in the classical style on fluted foot chased with a band of laurel leaves, the fluted lower body further chased with a band of fish scale decoration intersected by four foliate bosses, the central section, bearing presentation inscription, ‘To the / Revd. Samuel Glasse. D.D. / from the / Elder Brethren of the Trinity House / In Testimony of / Respect and Affection’, to one side and to the other the arms of Trinity House (St George's Cross with a sailing ship in each quarter)  and the Arms of the Glasse family (argent, a fleur de lis between three mullets with a bordure gules) impaling those of his wife, (Clutterbuck of Warkworth - azure, a lion rampant argent, in chief three escallop shells of the second), the rim with foliate scroll banding embellished with vine leaves and bunches of grapes on a matted ground, with acanthus and guilloche-chased handles, the domed cover cast and chased with acanthus leaves, the rim with repeated fish scale and boss decoration, and the finial cast as stylised acorn. Maker’s mark of W.H. for William Hall to the rim of the lid and foot of the cup. Hallmarked London 1795.

Rev. Dr. Samuel Glasse, D.D., F.R.S. (1735-1812) was Chaplain to Trinity House and Chaplain in Ordinary to George III from 1772. Regarded as one of the best scholars of Westminster School and of Christ Church, Oxford, he ‘was a very popular Preacher’ who ‘freqently employed his talents and eloquence in exciting to charity the congregations of the Metropolis and its vicinity.’ He was an active supporter of the Marine Society and the Royal Humane Society. In a sermon delivered to the seafearer’s charity in 1778 he told supporters that through their efforts some 1182 ‘poor boys’ had been ‘clothed and sent to sea in his Majesty’s Ships’, and also in the Merchants Service’. Such candidates included those sent by the magistrates of the London and Westminster courts and prisons, - others were orphans ‘found lurking about the Streets’, failed apprentices, vagabonds ‘overwhelmed with Filthiness, and in danger of Perishing thro’ Cold and Hunger, Nakedness and Disease’.

Glasse was an active magistrate in Surrey and a contributor to a pamphlet on the provision of parochial police, published in London in 1787. In 1764 he became a fellow of the Royal Society.
His congregations ranged from prison inmates to George III and the royal family on their annual sojourns at Weymouth.  The sermons he delivered before public bodies and on behalf of special charities were often printed between 1773 and 1803. He was onetime rector of Wansted in Essex, a prebendary of Wells and of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Glasse married Hannah, daughter and co-heir of Giles Clutterbuck, of Mill End, co. Gloucester, and had by her a son and heir, the classical scholar, the Rev. George Henry Glasse (1760-1809). Glasse junior ran into financial difficulties while developing a property for the use of a member of the royal family or the literati of the time. Faced with financial ruin, he went to the City to obtain one last loan to cover his debts. On stopping for sustenance at the Bull and Mouth Inn in St Martin’s Fields, he realised that he had left the entire sum in the hackney cab that had brought him there, and hanged himself at the Inn on 30 October 1809, predeceasing his father by three years. Ironically, the driver returned the money to the hostelry the following day. Dr. Glasse died at his home in Sackville Street aged 79 in 1812.