Superb quality crested George II silver pint mug London 1744 Gurney & Cook
This superb quality crested George II silver pint mug was made in London in 1744 by Gurney & Cook and measures 4.25 inches tall by 5 inches from the handle across and is 3 1/8 inches in dia across the top and 3.5 inches across the base, it has a very unusual crest to the front and a double scrolled handle with acanthus leaf thumb piece and is fully and clearly hallmarked under the base, a superb mug in excellent condition with a lovely colour and feel to it weighing 12.6 ounces or 391 grams and as useful as the day it was made.
The Crest of the Family of Denison
The crest as engraved upon this George II English Sterling Silver Pint Mug by Richard Gurney and Thomas Cook hallmarked London 1744 is that of the family of Denison. It may be blazoned as follows:
Crest: A dexter arm vested gules cuffed argent the hand proper pointing with the forefinger to an estoile or
The crest is one borne by families of the name of Denison. The crest of the Denisons, Barons Loughborough having the arm issuing from clouds; whilst the Denisons, of Kilnwick Percy in the County of Yorkshire, the arm is ‘vested azure cuffed or’. Given the hatching upon the arms as shown above there is the likelihood that this mug was at one time the possession of a gentleman who was a member of the Denisons, of Ossington in the County of Nottinghamshire, possibly William Denison, merchant of the City of York who acquired the Manor of Ossington in 1753.