Superb large crested & armorial early George III silver coffee pot London 1764 James Betham
Added on 25 February 2021
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1764
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: James Betham
WEIGHT: 32.05 troy ounces (35.17 ounces or 997.00 grams)
STOCK CODE: betham
This superb quality crested and armorial early George III silver coffee pot was made in London in 1764 by James Betham and measures just over 12 inches tall by approx 9 inches handle to spout and is 4 inches in dia across the base. It has a gadrooned border to the base and the hinged lid rim and has a lovely crest to one side of the pot and an unusual coat of arms to the other, the cast scrolled spout is fluted and has a large, beaded acanthus leaf below with drop detailing and further graduated beading to the spout above the opening, it has cast silver ferrules where the fruit wood handle attaches one having a shell and drop design and the hinged domed lid has an acorn shaped finial. It is fully and clearly hallmarked under the base and is in excellent condition weighing a hefty 32 ounces or 997 grams.
The Arms of Strettell
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this George III English Sterling Silver Coffee
Pot by James Betham hallmarked London 1764 are those of the family of Strettell.
They may be blazoned as follows:
Arms: Sable a chevron between three heads of tridents1 points
Crest: A swan in his pride swimming in water proper
These armorial bearings were registered to Abel Strettell (born 1658 died 5th
November 1729), Merchant of the City of Dublin at the Office of Ulster King of Arms
in Dublin during the reign of King James II.
Although Abel remained in Ireland, he
acquired some 5,000 acres of land in the Colony of Pennsylvania as well as other
large tracts of land in New Jersey. His eldest son, Robert Strettell (born 25th
December 1693 died before 12th June 1761) went to America in 1736 and settled at
Philadelphia. In the fullness of time, he became a Member of the Common Council
of Philadelphia between 1741 and his death in 1761. Robert also served as the Mayor
of Philadelphia for the year 1752. He had married Philotesia Owen (died 25th July
1782) at the Society of Friends Meeting House, Guildford in the County of Surrey on
1 More properly ‘eel spears’.
2 The family claimed to have a putative descent from the ancient family of De Stratele, Co. Cheshire.
the 18th July 1716. Philotesia was the daughter of Nathaniel Owen, of the City of
London and of Reigate in the County of Surrey.
Given the date of manufacture and the place of
assaying of this coffee pot it is more than likely that
it was in the possession of Robert’s second son,
John Strettell (born 29th October 1721 died 20th
July 1786), a Merchant of Milk Street in the City of
London. He married Mary Hayling (died 1819) at
the Society of Friends Meeting House, Devonshire
House, Houndsditch in the City of London on the
18th June 1776. She was the daughter of John
Hayling, of Worcester in the County of
Worcestershire and his wife, Phebe. As will be
noted, John married rather life in life. It is thought
that Mary was his housekeeper prior to their
marriage in 1776. During their marriage John and
Mary had two sons, one of whom died in
childhood, while the other, Amos (died 7th June 1855), inherited his father’s fortune.
John was a leading merchant in the City of London providing trade goods to the
Canadian fur trade.
The Ancient Arms of De Stratele, of Co. Cheshire from whom the Strettells, claimed to have a
putative descent showing the tridents or eel spears.
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