8858. George III Silver Mug - Sold


A handsome antique sterling silver mug of baluster form with scroll handle. Good size. Classic plain style. With the hand engraved phrase to the front in old script “cras fuge querere” - “enjoy the moment”* from the ancient proverb by Horace. Contains 550 ml, 1 imperial pint. Weight 363 grams, 11.6 troy ounces. Height 13.5 cms. Spread 13 cms. Diameter 8.5 cms (top), 9.1 cms (base). London 1772. Maker Charles Wright.

Biography - Charles Wright, apprenticed to Thomas Whipham 1747, free 1754. Ist mark entered as largeworker in partnership with Thomas Whipham 1757. 2nd mark alone 1775. 3rd mark (2 sizes) 1780. 4th mark 1780. Elected to Livery 1758, Court 1777, Warden 1783-5. Died 1815.

Signed - *“Quid fit futurum cras fuge querere, et Quam Sors dierum cumque ferar, lucro Appone…………….” —Attributed to Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-8 B.C.) or Horace, in his Odes, I; 9, 13. Translation: "Avoid asking what tomorrow will bring”. Horace advises us to live in the here and now because nobody can live tomorrow until it becomes today. The proverb is more commonly interpreted as the pursuit of happiness “Accept with thankfulness the time that God bestows on you and do not defer the Enjoyment of the Comforts and Pleasures of Life”

Condition - This useful drinking mug is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Good colour. No erasures. The engraving is crisp. Stamped underneath with a full and clear set of English silver hallmarks. There are a couple of minor dinks.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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