Joseph Sanders George II Antique Sterling Silver Punch Bowl, London, 1735/36
This is an exquisite and rare English sterling punch or centerpiece bowl. The proportions and surface are quite striking. The stepped, circular base is hand-raised and beautifully applied to the body. The bulbous bowl is beautifully formed and has a stunning reflective surface. Applied around the top edge is a simple molded band.
Engraved on the body, an intricate cartouche in high George II style incorporates masks and bold baroque scroll work around a coat of arms. (The black dot you see is the camera lens reflection).
We believe the arms are Brewes impaling another. The Breweses (also spelled Broase) of Glamorgan, Wales, are an ancient and noble family who accompanied William the Conqueror to England and played an important role in British medeival history. Genealogists have found a George Washington connection to the Brewes family of the 13th century.(1)
This early 18th century bowl is fully hallmarked underneath. It measures 10.25 inches in diameter by 6.5 inches high, weighs 43.75 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition with light (typical) wear to the engraving and minor surface dings.
Provenance: Harry Ashby DeButts, former President of Southern Railroad, purchased from Shrubsole in New York City in the 1960's, by descent in the family.
Justin Glenn, The Washingtons: A Royal Family, (El Dorado Hills: Savas Publishing, 2015), V. 3, p. 183.