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A Massive Pair of Royal Ambassadorial Old Sheffield Plate Soup Tureens (1814 Birmingham)


MATTHEW BOULTON (worked from 1774)

Country of Origin





Old Sheffield Plate


  12.00inch high
(  30.48 cm high)




This important pair of soup tureens are engraved on one side with the English Royal arms and on the other with the arms of Shaw for William, 1st Earl Cathcart and Baron Greenock. The Royal arms indicate that these tureens were made specifically as part of the Earl's service of Ambassadorial silver; he served as the English Ambassador to the Russian Court at St. Petersburg from 1812 to 1821, and attended the Russian Emperor during the Napoleonic campaigns.

The family is of ancient Scottish origin, William being the 10th Lord Cathcart of Scotland, a title dating back to 1452. He was honored during his lifetime with the grant of a representative peerage for Scotland from 1788-1807. Sir William spent much of his life in the English military, attaining the rank of Major-General in 1794, and Lieutenant-General in 1801. His various military positions included membership on the Board of General Officers, Commissioner of the Royal Military College and Royal Military Asylum, as well as Vice-Admiral of Scotland. In 1807 his lordship was appointed commander-in-chief of the expedition to Copenhagen, and was rewarded, on his return in 1807, with a British peerage, as Viscount Cathcart, of Cathcart, co. Renfrew, and Baron Greenock, of Greenock, co. Renfrew. He was advanced, 16 July, 1814, to the dignity of Earl Cathcart. Based on the engraved arms on these Cathcart soup tureens, it is clear that they were made late in 1814, after he was raised to the Earldom and appointed Ambassador but before his departure for Russia.

Description / Expertise

Each of low baluster shape with fluted bands and border, slightly domed cover with bud finial, reed handle with acanthus leaf attachments on low pedestal foot, the stand with conforming borders and large flat acanthus leaf handles.




gbp 49530 (Pound Sterling)   Original: usd 65000.00 (US Dollar)