Nice quality armorial George II silver covered sugar bowl London 1747 Phillips Garden
This very nice George II silver covered sugar bowl was made in London in 1747 by Phillips Garden and measures approx 3.75 inches tall by 4 3/8 inches wide and has a lovely coat of arms to the front inside a florid cartouche and is fully hallmarked under the base and also to the lid inside the stand, the lid doubling as a spoon tray when turned upside down, it is in very nice condition and weighs 7.55 ounces or 235 grams.
The Marital Arms of Lechmere and Foley
The arms as engraved upon this George II English Sterling Silver Covered Sugar Bowl by Phillips Garden hallmarked London 1747 are those of the family of Lechmere impaling Foley. These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat of a widow showing on the dexter (the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of her late husband and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the widow herself. These armorial bearings may be blazoned as follows:
(on the dexter) Gules a fess or in chief two pelicans vulning themselves of the last (for Lechmere)
(on the sinister) Argent a fess engrailed between three cinquefoils sable all within a bordure of the last (for Foley)
These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of Anthony Lechmere (born 17th June 1674 died 8th February 1720), of Severn End, Hanley Castle in the County of Worcestershire and Anne Foley (born circa 1675 died ………….?)1, daughter of Thomas Foley, of Stoke Edith in the County of Herefordshire and his wife, Anne Knightly. It is believed Anthony and Anne were
1 Anne’s will was proved on the 24th December 1764. She was living at the time of death at Hampstead, Co. Middlesex. married at the Parish Church of St Mary at Stoke Edith on the 24th December 1707. They had a son, Edmund who was baptised on the 13th April 1710 at the Parish Church of St Mary’s, Hanley Castle and a daughter, Lucy2. Anthony was the eldest son of Edmund Lechmere and his wife, Lucy Hungerford. The family of Lechmere it is said have been in residence at their ancestral seat of Severn End (formerly known as Lechmere’s Place or Lechmere’s Field) since the time of William the Conqueror. It was Anthony’s widow, Anne who at one time had this bowl in her possession and caused their marital arms to be engraved thereon some 27 years into her widowhood. Although there is no record of her death and burial, we know from her year of birth that she must have been at the very least 72 years of age, whilst her husband, Anthony died of apoplexy at his dinner table at the age of 46.
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