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six George III Hourglass dessert spoons London 1829 Benjamin Durban William Theobalds

Six George IV Hourglass pattern dessertspoons, by William Theobalds London 1829, crested for Sir Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849) .
Price: £495.00

Sir Benjamin D'urban (1777-1849) was a career soldier who joined the 2nd Dragoon Guards as a cornet in 1793. He made rapid progress through the army and distinguished himself in the Penninsular War (1807-1814). During this conflict, during which he served in almost all of the major actions and requested no leave, he was seconded to the Portuguese army and served as Quartermaster General and Chief-of-Staff to General Beresford. By 1812 Brigadier-General D'Urban was in command of the Portuguese Cavalry Brigade at the Battle of Salamanca. He came home laden with honours from Britain- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order, the Army Gold Cross with five clasps- and he received the prestigious Order of the Tower and the Sword from Portugal.

In 1819 D'Urban was appointed Governor of Antigua and in 1824 of Demerera-Essequibo. When this territory was merged with that of Berbice to form British Guiana, an action spearheaded by Durban, he remained as Governor of British Guiana until 1833. In 1834 D'Urban was further promoted to the Governorship of the Cape of Good Hope, a post he held in conjuction with that of Commander in Chief there. It was during his tenure that the Dutch settlers migrated from their lands in what became known as 'the Great Trek' and he also had to contend with the Cape Frontier Wars of 1833-1834. Other actions undertaken by his administration were the abolition of slavery under his jurisdiction and the consolidation of British influence in Natal.

When, in 1835, a new city was planned in Natal the settlement was named after D'Urban and retains that name (Durban) today.

 

7986
dessert spoons Eight Old English dessert spoons, by Samuel Eaton London 1762, crested with a pineapple for Perryn/Perrin.
Price: £450.00
Old English pattern flatware is not normally found before 1770. The earliest reported mention of 'turn-down flatware' is thought to be in the early 1760s.
5468
dessert spoons A set of six Britannia standard feather-edge dessert spoons, by Charles Boyton London 1893, crested with a demi griffin.
Price: £425.00
5281
six Fiddle Thread and shell dessertspoons 1832 William Chawner A set of six fiddle, thread and shell dessert spoons with diamond point heel by William Chawner London 1833, crested with a demi lion rampant holding a fleur-de-lis (en suite with 6792).
Price:SOLD
6793
5 dessert spoons

Five fiddle, thread and shell dessertspoons, London 1885 by Aldwinckle and Slater, crested with a demi griffin.
Price: £340.00

 

3511
George III Old English dessertspoon silver gilt London 1762 Paul Callard Duke  Chandos Buckingham Stowe

A George III silver-gilt Old English pattern dessertspoon, by Paul Callard London 1762, crested for James, 2nd Duke of Chandos (1708-1771) and his grandson-in-law Richard , 1st Marquess of Buckingham and later 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1776-1839).
Price:SOLD

This spoon was originally purchased by Henry Brydges, 2nd Duke of Chandos (1708-1771) who was described by George II as "a hot headed, passionate, half-witted coxcomb". Chandos inherited an estate deeply in debt due to the losses the family had suffered in the falling stock market of the 'South Sea Bubble'. As a result the family's home, Cannons Place in Middlesex, which had only been completed in 1724 at a cost of £200,000. had to be demolished in 1747. The resulting architectural elements and stonework were sold as building materials and the site is now occupied by North London Collegiate School.

Chandos married three times- firstly to Lady Anne Bruce, daughter of the Earl of Ailesbury, and thirdly to Elizabeth Major, daughter of Sir John Major, Baronet. His second marriage, however, was less conventional. In 1744 he married Anne Wells who had been a chambermaid in Newbury. They met when she was being sold by her then husband in the yard of the Pelican Inn at Newbury where Chandos was staying. Chandos, taken with her beauty, bought her and subsequently married her (following the death of her first husband).

The second crest on this spoon is that of Richard Temple-Nugent-Grenville (1776-1839), 1st Marquess of Buckingham and later 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, who married the 2nd Duke of Chandos' granddaughter and heiress in 1796. Buckingham was part of the Grenville political dynasty (his grandfather serving as Prime Minister from 1763-1765, his cousin held the same office from 1783-1806 and his uncle from 1806-1807). He inherited all of the remaining Chandos estates and property, including this spoon through his wife and many other estates from his many relations. As the crest on the reverse of this spoon is underneath the gilding and accompanied by a Marquesses' coronet both the engraving of that crest and the gilding must have happened between 1813, when Buckingham inherited his Marquessate, and 1822 when he received his Dukedom.

However the wealth was short lived as nine years after Buckingham's death his son went bankrupt, with debts totalling over 1 million pounds, and the contents of the great house at Stowe (now the site of Stowe School) were sold by Christie's in 1848. This spoon appears to have been sold to Mr. Wells as part of lot 285, 286 or 287 of the seventeenth day of the sale- each lot contained 'Twelve plain [silver gilt] dessert spoons' (Wells bought all three lots).

 

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7441
dessert spoon

An Admiralty pattern dessertspoon with die cast crowned anchor, by Hunt and Roskell London 1865.
Price: £275.00

3 spoons available

5553
dessert spoons Six Old English pattern dessert spoons, by John Shiels Dublin 1802, crested with an elephant's head .
Price: £265.00
6225
6 dessert spoons 6 Old English dessertspoons, London 1825 by Thomas Barker (1 1792 by Smith and Fearn).
Price:SOLD
3729
George I Hanoverian puddingspoon London 1723 John Hopkins A George I Hanoverian pattern pudding spoon, by John Hopkins London 1723, engraved with a monogram.
Price: £225.00
7533z
dessert spoon

A Celtic-point dessert spoon with wrigglework border, by Carden Terry of Cork circa 1790, crested for Sweet or Swete.
Price: £225.00
Branches of the Swete family held several estates in Counties Cork and Galway in the eighteenth century. However the main branch of the family appears to have been based at Greenville (formerly Kilglass), County Cork.

(6 spoons available)

5406
Victorian Admiralty pattern dessertspoon London 1840 William Theobalds

An Admiralty pattern dessert spoon with die-cast crowned anchor crest, by William Theobalds London 1840 .
Price:SOLD

Admiralty pattern (Old English pattern with the die-cast crest of the Royal Navy) is rare and was supplied exclusively to the officers and wardrooms of Royal Navy ships and to the Admiralty from the late 1830s (the earliest recorded pieces are teaspoons of 1838. It seems to have been discontinued by the outbreak of the World War One. Each piece also carries the Broad Arrow mark to denote official issue.

7494
6 George VI grapefruit or ice cream spoons Sheffield 1940 Roberts and Belk Six George VI grapefruit or ice-cream spoons, by Roberts and Belk Sheffield 1940 (also struck with the Roberts and Belk trademark of an oil lamp), initialled {S} .
Price: £195.00
7221
Silver-gilt Fiddle Thread and Shell dessert spoon fork London circa 1775 George Smith

A George III silver-gilt fiddle thread dessert fork and spoon, by George Smith (III) London circa 1775-1780, crested for ELLIS
Price:SOLD

These unusually early examples of fiddle, thread and shell carry two different GS maker's marks (the spoons with the GS in script registered by George Smith in 1774 and the forks with GS in capitals that is believed to appear in the mark registers missing from Goldsmiths' Hall). The appearance of these two marks on different parts of a flatware service using identical dies indicates that the GS mark in capitals was a second mark used by George Smith III (possibly registered between the end of his partnership with Thomas Evans in 1772 and the beginning of the new largeworkers register in 1773).

6851
Christening set A three-piece christening set with pressed foliate handles, Birmingham 1823 by Joseph Taylor.
Price: £195.00
3724
Scandinavian spoon A Scandinavian spoon with pear shaped bowl, flat stem and engraved flower; unmarked circa 1750, the back of the bowl engraved in the customary manner with initials {PRS} {ABD}.
Price: £190.00
1903
George III Bead dessert spoon cast cup cartouche London 1779 Thomas Tookey A George III Old English pattern dessert spoon with beaded borders and a die cast two handled cup as the cartouche, by Thomas Tookey London 1779 .
Price: £175.00
7682
dessert spoon A Hanoverian scrollback dessertspoon, London 1772 by WP (perhaps William Portal).
Price: £175.00
4204
Silver-gilt Old English Thread dessert knife and fork Dublin 1793/1797 Earl of Bandon

A George III silver-gilt Old English thread dessert spoon and fork, made in Dublin the spoon 1793, the fork 1797, engraved with the crest of the 1st Earl of Bandon (1755-1830).
Price:SOLD

Francis Bernard of Castle Bernard, near Bandon in County Cork was created Baron Bandon in 1793, Viscount Bernard in 1795 and Earl of Bandon in 1800. He sat in the Westminster Parliament from 1801-1830 as one of the original Irish representative peers.

7007
dessert spoon and fork A dessert spoon and fork in an unrecorded pattern with neoclassical inspiration, by George Adams London 1872 and 1874.
Price: £165.00
4813
dessert spoons A pair of Hanoverian dessert spoons made in London in 1747, crested with a demi lion .
Price: £160.00
 
5870
George III Celtic point dessertspoon Cork circa 1800 John Toleken crest Lyndsay John Lindsay Blackrock

A George III Old English pattern dessertspoon with Celtic point, by John Toleken of Cork circa 1800, crested on the handle for Lindsay of Maryville, County Cork and initialled {IL} on the heel.
Price: £155.00

4 spoons available

The initials IL are probably for John Lindsay of Blackrock and Maryville, co. Cork who died in 1802.

7509z
dessert spoons

Two fiddle, thread and shell pattern dessertspoons, London 1894 by Slater, Slater and Holland crested with a demi griffin.
Price: £155.00

3514
George III Fiddle pattern dessert spoon Paul Storr London 1813 A George III Fiddle pattern dessertspoon with unusually pronounced heel, by Paul Storr London 1813, crested with a unicorn's head .
Price: £145.00
7390
dessert spoon A Hanoverian pattern dessert spoon hallmarked on the front, by Walter Tweedie London 1778, crested with a lion rampant.
Price: £145.00
6143
Victorian Canova pattern dessertspoon London 1863 George Adams

A Victorian Canova pattern dessertspoon, by George Adams London 1863, engraved {JACOB} on the cartouche .
Price: £135.00
Canova pattern was introduced by Chawner and Company in about 1850 and was exhibited at the Great Exhibition, the following year. The design of the pattern incorporates designs based on sculptures by Antonio Canova (1757-1822).

7247
George III double struck wrigglework dessertspoon London c. 1780 Crossley Sumner crest Co(o)ke

A George III Old English pattern dessertspoon with wrigglework engraving on both sides of the stem, by William Sumner and Richard Crossley London 1775-1781, crested with an ostrich on a chapeau for Co(o)ke .
Price: £125.00

3 spoons available

7685
Feather edge spoon hook back pierced bowl London 1907 Francis Higgins olives pickles An Edward VII feather-edge dessertspoon with an integral hook on the back and single hole pierced in the bowl (probably for olives or pickled onions), by Francis Higgins London 1907 .
Price: £120.00
6914
dessert spoon A fancy-back Hanoverian dessert spoon, by Ebenezer Coker London 1749, initialled {BIM}.
Price: £120.00
5256
George IV Agate handled dessertspoon Birmingham 1823 Joseph Taylor A George IV dessertspoon with agate handle, by Joseph Taylor Birmingham 1823 .
Price: £115.00
7830z
2 dessert spoons A pair of fiddle pattern dessert spoons, by James Barber, George Cattle and William North York 1827, crested with a demi-lion rampant holding a flag, Azure on which a cross Or.
Price: £110.00
5097z
dessert spoon A Hanoverian dessertspoon, London 1731 possibly by Caleb Hill, initialled {EG}.
Price: £110.00
4694
George II Hanoverian dessertspoon London 1749 probably Thomas Devonshire Pickwick

A George II Hanoverian pattern dessertspoon, London 1749 probably by TD (ascribed to Thomas Devonshire), engraved {Pickwick} inside the bowl, .
Price: £95.00

The unusual engraving in this bowl could relate to the Pickwick family who rose from humble origins to become prominent citizens of Bath in the 18th century. Moses Pickwick was a foundling discovered in the late 17th century in an area of Corsham (Wiltshire) known as Pickwick. In addition to being the primary investor in the Somerset Coal canal Moses' grandson Eleazer (b. 1749) ran a coaching business that came to be run from an inn just opposite the Pump Rooms in Bath called the White Hart (this was demolished in 1869) . The Inn was referred to by Jane Austen and it is believed that Charles Dickens took the title character inThe Pickwick Papers from the family who subsequently took the name of the more prestigious Sainsbury family from whom they were also descended.

7883
dessert spoon A Hanoverian dessertspoon, by Edward Bennett London 1747, crested with a male head and shoulders.
Price: £95.00
5395
William IV Fiddle pattern dessertspoon rat-tail Dublin 1834 Power Twycross Cavan Grand Jury

A William IV Fiddle pattern dessertspoon with rat-tail, by Edward Power (retailed by Twycross) Dublin 1835, engraved {Cavan Grand Jury} .
Price: £85.00

County Cavan, an area once forming part of the Kingdom of Breifnie, came under Norman influence from the late 12th century and since the early 17th century has been part of Ulster.

A Grand Jury is a group of citizens empowered by law to conduct legal proceedings, investigate potential criminal conduct, and determine whether criminal charges should be brought. A Grand Jury is separate from the courts, which do not preside over its functioning. In Ireland Grand Juries were active from the mediaeval period onwards and mainly functioned as local government authorities at the county level (the jurors were usually drawn from the larger landowners and appointed by their peers).

From 1691 to 1793 Roman Catholics in Ireland were excluded from membership of a Grand Jury, irrespective of wealth, and from in 1840 the Municipal Corporations Act (Ireland) weakened the power of the traditional membership. When the Local Government Act (Ireland) was passed in 1898 and saw the creation of democratically elected County Councils these took over many of the former functions of the Grand Juries. They were discontinued in Southern Ireland in 1922 and Northern Ireland in 1969.

7849z
William IV Fiddle pattern dessertspoon rat-tail Dublin 1834 Power Twycross Cavan Grand Jury

A William IV Fiddle pattern dessertspoon with rat-tail, by Edward Power (retailed by Twycross) Dublin 1834, engraved {Cavan Grand Jury} .
Price: £85.00

County Cavan, an area once forming part of the Kingdom of Breifnie, came under Norman influence from the late 12th century and since the early 17th century has been part of Ulster.

A Grand Jury is a group of citizens empowered by law to conduct legal proceedings, investigate potential criminal conduct, and determine whether criminal charges should be brought. A Grand Jury is separate from the courts, which do not preside over its functioning. In Ireland Grand Juries were active from the mediaeval period onwards and mainly functioned as local government authorities at the county level (the jurors were usually drawn from the larger landowners and appointed by their peers).

From 1691 to 1793 Roman Catholics in Ireland were excluded from membership of a Grand Jury, irrespective of wealth, and from in 1840 the Municipal Corporations Act (Ireland) weakened the power of the traditional membership. When the Local Government Act (Ireland) was passed in 1898 and saw the creation of democratically elected County Councils these took over many of the former functions of the Grand Juries. They were discontinued in Southern Ireland in 1922 and Northern Ireland in 1969.

7848z
George III Hanoverian dessertspoon William Tant London 1759 A George III Hanoverian dessertspoon, by William Tant London 1759 .
Price: £85.00
7169
dessert spoon

An Old English dessertspoon, by Christopher Fly Woods and Thomas Filkin of London (active 1770-1775), initialled {S} .
Price: £85.00

When Judith Callard, widow of spoonmaker Paul Callard, retired from business around 1772, the business begun by her husband was continued by her son-in-law and her husband's former apprentice, Christopher Fly Woods and his business partner Thomas Filkin.

6464
Hanoverian dessert spoon A Hanoverian dessertspoon, by Thomas and William Chawner London 1769 .
Price: £85.00
6400
dessert spoon A dessert spoon of unrecorded pattern, by Mary Chawner London 1837, crested with a shell.
Price: £85.00
       
5016
dessert spoon A fiddle-thread dessert spoon, by George Smith London 1779, crested with an eagle displayed.
Price: £78.00
4532
George III Silver-gilt Fiddle Thread Shell dessertspoon London 1814 Ekley Fearn Chawner A George III silver-gilt fiddle, thread and shell dessertspoon, by William Eley, William Fearn and William Chawner London 1814, engraved on the front with an armorial argent a lion rampant and, on the reverse, the initials {PM} .
Price:SOLD
6918
Early Old English dessertspoon London 1762 Samuel Eaton

An Old English pattern dessert spoon, by Samuel Eaton London 1762, crested with a pineapple for PERRYN/PERRIN .
Price: £75.00

This spoon once formed part of a larger set, eight of which can be seen as stock number 5468 at the top of this page.

6865
dessert spoon A Hanoverian dessertspoon, probably by William Tant, London 1765, engraved with complex monogram.
Price: £75.00
4354
dessert spoon A dessertspoon with unusual brightcutting and cartouche made in London in 1784 (pre-duty) by William Chawner. The reverse is initialled {INM}.
Price: £70.00
4090b
George III Old English pattern dessertspoon Edinburgh 1791 Robert Gray (of Glasgow) A George III Old English pattern dessertspoon, by Robert Gray (of Glasgow) Edinburgh 1791, initialled {JH} .
Price: £68.00
7895z
A George III Old English pattern dessert spoon Edinburgh 1793 Robert Gray Glasgow An Old English dessertspoon, by Robert Gray (of Glasgow) Edinburgh 1793, initialled {H} .
Price:SOLD
7223
Celtic point dessert spoon Dublin 1803 John Smyth A George III Celtic point dessertspoon, by John Smyth Dublin 1803, crested with a pelican in its piety (on a nest with young) .
Price: £65.00
7620
dessert spoon

An Old English dessertspoon, by John Lambe 1779, engraved with the arms of Lucy Grey (neé Danvers) .
Price: £65.00

 The arms on these dessertspoons are those of Grey impaling Danvers. In 1748 the Hon. John Grey (c. 1728-1777), younger son of the 3rd Earl of Stamford, married Lucy Danvers, daughter of Sir Joseph Danvers 1st Baronet of Swithland. Hon. John Grey was MP for Bridgnorth (1754-1768) and Tregony (1768-1774) and served as Clerk of the Board of Green Cloth from 1754-1777.

6324
dessert spoon A brightcut dessertspoon, by Charles Hougham London 1790, initialled {JW JB}.
Price: £65.00
4936
dessert spoon An Old English dessertspoon, London 1770, crested with a bird on top of a tower.
Price: £65.00
3407
George III Old English pattern dessertspoon London 1781-1784 Stephen Adams

A George III Old English pattern dessertspoon, by Stephen Adams London c. 1785 , initialled {WEM} .
Price: £60.00

This dessertspoon can be dated to after 1781, when the marks were moved to the top of the stem. It is interesting to note that the workman in the assay office left the space for the full stub including the date letter (and the duty mark if the spoon was manufactured post 1784) but appears to have applied the part stub in error.

8011
Old English dessertspoon London 1789 Smith and Fearn

An Old English dessertspoon, by George Smith and William Fearn London 1789, crested with 3 stalks of wheat- possibly for Scott-Moncrieff .
Price: £60.00
2 spoons available

6813
George III Old English dessertspoon London 1774 Thomas Chawner later decorated

A George III Old English pattern dessertspoon with later engraved decoration, by Thomas Chawner London 1774 .
Price: £58.00

7465
Old English dessert spoon 1775 A George III Old English dessertspoon with wrigglework border, by William Fearn London probably 1776, crested for Fowke .
Price:SOLD
6158z
dessertspoon 1778 Eley and Pierrepoint

An Old English dessertspoon, by William Eley and George Pierrepoint London 1777, initialled {MAC} .
Price: £55.00

William Eley and George Pierrepoint were only in partnership for a short time — between 11th November 1777 and 3rd November 1778 (when William Eley registered a new mark on his own).

6751
dessert spoon An Old English dessertspoon with wrigglework border, by William Sumner and Richard Crossley 1776, crested for Fowke .
Price:SOLD
6157z
dessert spoon

A fiddle pattern dessert spoon, by James Barber George Cattle and William North, York 1827, crested with a demi-lion rampant holding a flag, azure, on which a cross Or.
Price: £55.00


5098z
dessert spoon An engraved fiddle pattern dessert spoon, by James Barber, York 1854, initialled {JGN}.
Price: £50.00
5104z
dessert spoon A fiddle pattern dessertspoon, by Sunshing of Canton circa 1850, initialled {C}.
Price:SOLD
5157
dessert spoon A King's pattern dessert spoon, by George Adams London 1868, initialled {CA}.
Price: £48.00
2 spoons available
5501
Crested dessert spoon A fiddle and thread dessertspoon by William Eaton London 1839, crested with an eagle with pheon in beak.
Price: £48.00
2577b
Victorian Old English dessertspoon Exeter 1847 James Braham Torquay

Old English pattern dessertspoon, by James Braham (of Torquay) Exeter 1847, crested with a unicorn's head out of a mural coronet .
Price: £45.00

James Braham, a jeweller in Torquay, is only recorded as assaying pieces at Exeter in 1847-1848. He is recorded there, 'aged about 30', in the 1841 census and on 3rd October 1850 the Exeter Flying Post reported that: "One of our old (sic) townsmen Mr. Braham, jeweller, of the Strand, has retired from business, having by his industry amassed a competency wherewith to do without it. Mr. Bradford, of Teignmouth, has taken of the business."

James Braham was actually born in 1807 at Plymouth, the son of David Abrahams (1762-1840) and Rose Jacobs (1780-1842). He had two siblings: a brother George Isaac and a sister Esther. He married Henrietta Jackson (1810-1890) in Liverpool in 1854 and was buried there in 1873. In the probate records (which record an estate of £23, 754 6s 9d) he was recorded as being of 'Fairlawn, Central Hill, Upper Norwood, Gentleman'. He was buried in Liverpool.

2 spoons available

7856z
dessert spoon A feather-edge dessertspoon by Sumner and Crossley, London 1774 initialled {W}.
Price: £45.00
1913
dessert spoon An Old English dessertspoon, by William Welch Exeter 1812, crested for Hunter .
Price: £30.00
6298