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PAIR OF GEORGE III SCOTTISH SILVER WINE GOBLETS
Alexander Gardner & Co., Edinburgh, 1801
Of large size and heavy gauge silver, each cup-shaped bowl with gilt
interior and engraved with the crest of the head of
a Saracen affronte, couped at the shoulders (Fairbairn’s 190/5) below the motto “Will God I Shall” (Menzies)*,
all within a laurel wreath, surmounting a waisted stem with reeded knop over an octagonal base with
Menzies is an ancient Scottish
name, probably originating in Normandy. As early as 1249, Sir
Robert de Menzies became Chamberlain to King Alexander II.
Sir Robert's son, Sir Alexander Menzies, was a
supporter during the War of Independence of Robert the Bruce, who declared
himself King of Scotland in 1306, after murdering Guardian of Scotland John
Comyn. As atonement for the murder, Bruce requested that upon his death, his
heart be taken to the Holy Land on pilgrimage. A group of Scottish
Crusaders, led by James Douglas (Black Douglas) veered en route through
Spain, to assist the Spanish against the Saracens (who had occupied the Holy
Land since 1292). A Menzies was a member of that group. Douglas carried
Bruce's heart is a black iron casket about his neck.
At the Battle of Teba de Ardales, they found
themselves surrounded by Saracens, at which time Douglas cast the casket
into the midst of the Saracens,
calling the knights to charge with the cry : "Vil
God I Zal" (With Gods will, I shall).
The knights fought off the Saracens and recovered
Bruce's heart, which was eventually taken to Melrose Abbey.
The cry became the Menzies motto, the defeated
Saracen from whom the heart was taken, the crest.
Condition : Excellent; marks slightly rubbed but clear; wear commensurate
with age and usage
8.25” High / 22.6 oz.
For Other Scottish Silver, Please See :
Edward VII Silver Scottish Clan Badges
Buchanan Taylor, Inverness, c1910
"S RIOGHAL MO
THE CAT BOT A GLOVE"
George II Scottish Silver Salver,
Viscount's Coronet over D, William Dempster,
George III Scottish Silver Meat Dish
Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh,
marital arms of Francis Stuart, 9th Earl of Moray
& his wife Jean Gray, eldest daughter of the 11th
| George II Scottish Silver Marrow Scoop, Glen, Glasgow, 1743-52
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