Item No: A20228
About this item:
Width: 31cm (12 ¼ inches)
Depth: 22cm (8 ½ inches)
Height (with lid): 9cm (3 ½ inches)
Total Weight (grams): 1876g
Total Weight (ounces): 66.2 oz
Total Weight (troy ounces): 55.6
Material: Hallmarked Silver (London, England)
Hallmarks (base and lid): Lion Passant, Crowned Leopard (London), Date Letter ‘M’ for 1807, Duty Mark George III.
Maker’s Marks: TG,JG,JC (For Thomas & Joseph Guest and Joseph Craddock)
Hallmarks (Handle): Lion Passant , Duty Mark George III
Maker’s Mark (Handle): PS (For Paul Storr)
Other Markings: ‘1’ stamped on base and lid. (indicating this was not part of a set i.e set of 1, and that lid and body are original)
Photographed and offered for sale is this historic solid silver, George III, entree dish and lid. Specially commissioned for the wedding of the Venerable Anthony Hamilton, of the eminent Hamilton family, and Charity Graeme Farquhar, daughter of the physician to the Prince of Wales (later King George IV), the piece is an extremely unusual example of silver work from eminent makers Thomas & Joseph Guest and Joseph Craddock and Paul Storr.
Of oblong form, the entree dish features gadroon borders with conforming cover. The cover is finished with an exquisite, Paul Storr, reeded, acanthus leaf handle. The cover is engraved to either side with the composite Hamilton/ Farquhar coat-of-arms, whilst the dish is engraved to either side with the Hamilton crest & motto (further Heraldic information below).
This is a superb piece of historical import and of the highest quality from the workshops of two of the most prestigious makers of the day. Elegant and timeless, it is synonymous with both luxury and taste.
Condition: Usual surface scratches to the plain surfaces (particularly the inner base) and engraved heraldry slightly worn which is commensurate with the age and use. Some small but noticeable dents.
Heraldry: Composite shield of arms for Hamilton (viewer’s left) and Farquhar (viewer’s right) to celebrate the marriage of the Venerable Anthony Hamilton and Charity Graeme Farquhar on the 13th July 1807 on either side of the lid along with Hamilton family crest and motto on either side of the base.
Farquhar Heraldry (viewers right): The is the Coat Of Arms for Walter Farquhar, 1st Baronet (1738-1819) and physician-in-ordinary to the Prince of Wales (later King George IV) as well as Prime Minister William Pitt and Lord Melville. His Baronetcy was granted in 1796 in recognition of his services to the Prince and Nobility of the day, and is represented here by a lion rampant below two sinister hands (couped & appaumee), with a crescent at base. The heraldry represents his family in the marriage of his daughter Charity Graeme Farquhar to the Venerable Anthony Hamilton.
Hamilton Heraldry (viewers left): The coat of arms created for John Hamilton, 1st Lord Belhaven and Stenton, known as Sir John Hamilton 2nd Baronet, in 1647 by King Charles I. The following year he was a member of the Scottish army in England that attempted to rescue King Charles I, and fought at the Battle of Preston. This branch of the renowned Hamilton family descends from the aforementioned John Hamilton, the illegitimate son of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton (later legitimised) and half brother of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran (from whom the Dukes of Hamilton descend). The lordship was represented in arms quarterly with the 1st and 4th, gules, a mullet argent between three cinquefoils ermine (for Hamilton of Udston); the 2nd and 3rd, gules, a man's heart proper between three cinquefoils ermine (for Hamilton of Raploch); all within a bordure argent. The crest shows dexter hand holding a seax with motto ‘Fideliter’ (faithful) within a banner. The heraldry (including crest and motto) is representative of the Hamilton family in the marriage of the Venerable Anthony Hamilton to Charity Graeme Farquhar.