A George III silver Mug for an Oxford University Student.
A small size George III baluster silver Mug, London 1776, Joseph Lock. The mug, with gilt interior, is engraved on the front with the arms of Holland of Plas Cadwgan and underneath with ‘Holland Griffith Esqr, Oriel Coll. Oxford 1776.’ ‘Esq’ appears to have been re-engraved at the time: perhaps upon matriculation. The mug is also engraved on the side with later script initials.
Holland Griffith, of Llanvethen, the son of John Griffith of Carreglwyd and his wife Mary [Tregarn], heiress of the Griffiths of Berw, inherited his father’s estate in 1776. He had matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford in that same year.
This size of mug has been assumed to have been specifically for children or women but it seems likely, given the arms and engraving on this mug, that such mugs were also used by males for tonics or spirits.
Height – 7.50 cm.; Width – 8 cm.; Depth – 5.70 cm.; Weight – 97.10 gms.