Regency Period Silver (1811 - 1820)
In late 1810, already virtually blind with cataracts and in pain from rheumatism, George III became dangerously ill. It was clear that he was no longer fit to reign and Parliament responded by passing the Regency Act of 1811. The act created the role of Prince Regent which was assigned to The Prince of Wales and allowed him to exercise the full powers of the King. The Prince of Wales continued as Regent until his father's death in 1820, when he became King George IV.
The Regency style was eclectic, based on the cult of antiquity and borrowing from Roman, Greek and Egyptian designs. To these were added elements taken from nature and from French design of the mid-18th century. The Regency style was visually very rich and Regency Silver is perhaps the most elaborate and imposing of any British silver.