Super pair crested George I Britannia silver candle sticks London 1717 Joseph Clare
This super pair of cast and crested George I Britannia silver hexagonal candle sticks were made in London in 1717 by Joseph Clare and measure 6.75 inches tall by 4.5 inches in dia across the base. They are crested to one of the facets at the base and are fully and clearly hallmarked under the base and with the lions head erased to the handle holder at the top. A very nice quality pair of sticks in lovely condition weighing 20.8 ounces or 647 grams.
The Crest of the Family of Turnor
The crest as engraved upon this Pair of George I English Britannia Silver Hexagonal Candlesticks by Joseph Clare hallmarked London 1717 is that of the family of Turnor. It may be blazoned as follows:
Crest: A lion passant argent crowned or holding in the dexter paw a fer-de-moline sable
Given that the engraving of the crest was in all undoubtedly undertaken by a journeyman engraver and therefore is a little rough upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary it a version of the crest used by the Turner/Turnor/Turnour families. The crest above closely resembles that used by the Turnors, of Stoke Rochford in the County of Lincolnshire who descended from a gentleman by the name of Christopher Turnor who was living during the reign of King Henry VIII. He was a member of the family of Turnor, of Haverhill in the County of Essex. If this hypothesis is correct, this pair of candlesticks were once in the possession of either John Turnor (died 1719), of Stoke Rochford or his son, Edmund Turnour (died 1769), also of Stoke Rochford. The family owned Stoke Rochford Hall and its surrounding estate until the Second World War when it was requisitioned by the War Office for training purposes.