Good quality armorial & crested George II silver coffee pot London 1753 Thomas Whipham
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: circa 1753
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: Thomas Whipham & Charles Wright, London, active crica 1757-1765
STOCK CODE: whipham
This good quality crested and armorial George II silver coffee pot was made in London in 1753 by Thomas Whipham and measures 9.5 inches tall by 7 inches handle to spout and is 4 1/8 inches in dia across the base. It has a lovely coat of arms to one side inside a florid cartouche and to the other a very unusual crest inside a florid cartouche. The cast swan neck spout has scroll, leaf, shell and drop detailing and the handle ferrules are scrolled with drop detailing, the scrolled wooden fruit wood handle is in good order and the domed, hinged lid has a baluster finial, it is fully hallmarked to the side and is in lovely condition weighing 23.40 ounces or 729 grams.
The Marital Arms of Etherington and Hunt
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this George II English Sterling Silver Coffee Pot by Thomas Whipham hallmarked London 1753 are those of the family of Etherington impaling Hunt. 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 as follows:
(on the dexter) Per pale argent and sable three lions rampant counterchanged a chief argent (for Etherington)
(on the sinister) Azure1 on a bend between two water-bougets or three leopards’ faces gules (for Hunt)
Crest: A tower on the battlements a leopard’s face proper2 (for Etherington)
The engraver appears to have indicated the field of the arms be ‘gules’ (red) whereas I believe it should have been engraved as ‘azure’ (blue). 2 Some authorities state that the tower should be ‘decayed on the sinister side’ (i.e. broken). This omission/error might have been on the part of the engraver. Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary, these armorial bearings commemorate the marriage of an unnamed gentleman of the Etherington family to an unnamed daughter of the Hunt family. The arms of Etherington would indicate that the family hailed from the County of Yorkshire, whilst the arms of Hunt gives a clue that the lady in question may well have had a connection to the Hunt family of Chudleigh and Exeter in the County of Devon.
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