MONTEITHS

The early form of punch bowl, known as Monteith-called after a fashionable gentleman of society of that name, the originator of the above, a somewhat eccentric person who wore a quaint coat with scalloped tails-was peculiar. It was a fine silver bowl with fluted sides, having handles or a richly ornamented edge and foot. It was curious in that it had an additional loose rim which formed a frame or stand on which wine glasses were carried into the room ; on being deposited on the table the glasses were handed round, the rim was then removed and the punch brewed. Such bowls were made chiefly from 1700 to 1725, a period of a quarter of a century within which dates most of the hall-marked specimens extant have been found. It would appear that silver bowls were made in consider-able quantities during the eighteenth century. For the most part they followed the style of the engraving then in vogue and were often enriched with crests and shields of arms. They varied in size and doubtless served as bowls for the strong drinks quaffed from goblets so freely at that time. When the new drink, " punch," had been introduced a further impetus was given to the trade in silver bowls.