ROYAL. A PAIR OF VICTORIAN SILVER CAVIAR SERVERS, LINERS AND COVERS, R. & S. GARRARD & CO., LONDON, 1862
the compressed circular bodies and covers cast, applied and embossed in Garrard's 'Renaissance' style, the covers each surmounted by the crown of the British heir apparent, the liners engraved with a badge, the undersides stamped: 'R & S . GARRARD PANTON ST. LONDON'
15.3cm., 6in. diameter
1763gr., 56oz. 13dwt.
Light wear to ornament commensurate with age. Generally in good condition, clear marks and royal labels
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The badge is that of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. He was born on 9 November 1841 and was created Prince of Wales on 8 December that year; he remained so until the death of his mother Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901.
It is likely that these servers were among the presents given to Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and his bride, Princess Alexandra of Denmark upon the occasion of their marriage, which took place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on 10 March 1863.
'THE ROYAL WEDDING PRESENTS. - The following are the statistics of the number of persons that visited the South Kensington Museum during the period the royal wedding presents were on view, from Wednesday, the 15th of April to Monday, the 4th of May . On free days, 171,815; on students' days, 57,610; making in all 229,425 persons, exclusive of 2,240 children. Out of these, upwards of 180,000 passed through the barriers to the wedding presents. 1,349 members of both Houses of Parliament and their friends availed themselves of the special invitations to private views issued to them. An addit'on to the usual force of 126 constables was found necessary in order to regulate the crowd, and upwards of 25,000 lists of the wedding presents were sold.'
(The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Sheffield, Saturday, 9 May 1863, p. 8b)