A Royal German silver equelle with cover and stand, GEORG DREWES, HANOVER, CIRCA 1841 DATE LETTER H
Sale, Hanover, Sotheby's, 11 October 2005, lot 2505.
This ecuelle is a part of the silver-gilt toilette service engraved with the coats-of-arms of Hanover and Mecklenburg was a birthday present from Ernest Augustus King of Hanover, Duke of Cumberland and Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1771-1851) to his wife Frederike. George Drewes, the silversmith, was asked to make a proposal first, then manufacture a jug after a design and make the promise to keep to the deadline of 1 March 1841; for 2nd March 1841 was Frederike's birthday. The service had to be executed in 15 lotig and Drewes received some old silver and two times a payment in advance. In the correspondence Drewes had about the service with a certain Mr Gonner, it becomes clear that he is in doubt about the commission. Apparently Ernest Augustus ordered a toilette service resembling another toilet service in the palace. Since there were at the time three different services, one of Ernest Augustus's grandmother, the Duchess of Hessen Darmstadt, one of his mother and one of the Duke Carl, Drewes had to know exactly which one was meant. The toilette service weighing 1028 Loth cost 2056 rf. including the gilding. Shortly after her birthday Frederike died on 29th June 1841.
The rest of the toilet set is included in lots 2503, 2504, 2505, 2506, 2507, 2508 and 2509 from the sale of works of art from the Royal House of Hanover. Part of the toilette service is now offered for sale, see lotnumber 1,2,3, and 4. It is recorded in the archives at Schloss Marienburg under heading of General-Verzeichnis derzum Königlichen Ernst-August Fideikommiss gehörigen Gegenstände
Neu aufgestellt und an Stelle des General-Verzeichnisses von 1855 und dessen Nachträge getreten. Gmünden in Oktober 1905, where each item in the toilet set is mentioned individually and the original cost of the whole is recorded as 5200 rf.