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George II Silver-Mounted Ostrich Egg Cup And Cover.  Mark Of Louis Hamon, London, Circa 1740

Set on stepped silver pedestal foot, the ostrich cup applied with silver straps and neckmount, the cover with silver trefoil border, straps and ostrich finial, the cup engraved with a crest, marked under base with maker's mark only, the finial probably later. 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high. Price Realized $3,000

Christie's. Important Silver And Objects Of Vertu. 23 October 2008. New York, Rockefeller Plaza. Image Christie's ltd. www.christies.com