Wonderful set 3 crested & armorial George III silver caddies London 1766/6 Vere & Lutwyche
Added on 26 February 2021
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: circa 1766
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: Vere & Lutwyche
This wonderful set of three crested and armorial early George III silver caddies were made in London in 1766/7 by John Henry Vere and William Lutwyche, 2 measure approx 5.75 inches tall by 3 1/8 inches at their widest and are 2 1/8 inches deep and the larger one is approx 6 inches tall by 3 inches wide and 3 1/8 inches deep, they are beautifully decorated with flowers and foliage and have a cartouche either side, one bearing a bird crest and the other a coat of arms, they each stand on 4 cast scroll and flower head feet and have shaped pull off lids, the smaller ones with a cast daisy finial and the large one has a rose finial. They are fully and clearly hallmarked under the base and also with the lion passant on the inside rim of the lids. A fine set of caddies of unusual form in excellent condition weighing 24.45 ounces or 757 grams.
The Marital Arms of Moore and Long
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this Suite of Three George III English
Sterling Silver Caddies by John Henry Vere and William Lutwyche hallmarked
London 1766 – 67 are those of the family of Moore impaling Long. These armorial
bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter (the heraldic
right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of the husband and on the sinister (the
heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife. They may be blazoned
(on the dexter) Argent three greyhounds courant in pale sable (for Moore)
In the chief of these arms is depicted the baronet’s
(on the sinister) Sable a lion passant argent on a chief of the second three
cross crosslets of the first1
1 The engraver has omitted the ‘cross crosslet fitchy or’ that is ordinarily held in the dexter forepaw of
the lion in the arms.
2 Crest: A moorcock holding in its beak a sprig of (……?) all proper
These armorial bearings undoubtedly
commemorate the marriage of Sir
Henry Moore, Baronet (born 7th
February 1713 died 11th September
1769), of the Island of Jamaica and
Province of New York and his wife,
Catherine Maria Long (born 1727 died
Henry and Catherine were
married at the Parish Church of St
Catherine, Spanish Town on the Island of Jamaica on the 12th January 1751. Henry
was the only surviving son and heir of Samuel Long, of Jamaica and his wife,
Elizabeth Lowe, whilst Catherine was the eldest daughter of Samuel Long
and his wife, Mary Tate.
Both the Moore and Long families had established upon the Island
of Jamaica for some time when Henry and Catherine married in 1751. Both families
were well connected with other British families and were in involved with the
governance of the island on behalf of the Crown. Henry served as acting Governor of
Jamaica twice (1756 and 1759 – 62). He was created a Baronet within the Baronetage
of Great Britain, styled ‘of Jamaica’ on the 26th January 1764 on his return to
England. Shortly thereafter he was appointed as the Royal Governor of the Province
of New York, an office he held until his sudden death in 1769. Henry was buried at
Trinity Church, Manhattan.
The Marriage Entry of Henry Moore and Catherine Maria Long in the Register of the Parish
Church of St Catherine, Spanish Town on the Island of Jamaica 12th January 1751.
MSc, FSA Scot, Hon FHS, QG
12th October 2020
It is not known when Catherine died. Although it is known when she returned to England after Sir
Henry’s death in 1769, she remarried a gentleman named Captain Richard Vincent at the Parish Church
of St Mary le Bone, Marylebone, Co. Middlesex on the 22nd August 1771.
3 Elizabeth was the sister and co-heiress of Samuel Lowe, of Goadby, Co. Leicestershire.
4 Samuel was a Captain in Queen Caroline’s Dragoons and Keeper of the King’s Palace of Newmarket,
Co. Suffolk. His father was Charles Long, of Longville, Jamaica and of Hurts Hall, Saxmundham, Co.
5 Mary along with her sister, Catherine were co-heiresses to the ancient English Baronies of Zouche of
Haringworth, St Maur, and Lovel of Cary through their mother, Mary Noel.
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