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Superb armorial George I Irish silver tazza Dublin 1724 Henry Daniell

Price £ 4,650

This rare and super quality armorial George I Irish silver tazza was made in Dublin in 1724 by Henry Daniell who was a freeman in 1711 and warden in 1714 and 1715 and measures 10.25 inches in dia by just over 3 inches tall, it has a plain border and trumpet foot with a lovely coat of arms to the centre and is hallmarked to the underside and to the foot with the Harp, a quality piece in excellent condition weighing 19.95 ounces or 620 grams.

The Arms of Humfrey

The arms as engraved upon this George I Irish Silver Tazza by Henry Daniell hallmarked Dublin 1724 are those of the family of Humfrey with a blank impalement. These armorial bearings would ordinarily 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. It would appear that the original owner of this tazza never got round to engraving his wife on the sinister side of the shield. Perhaps there was uncertainty as to her paternal arms? These armorial bearings may be blazoned as follows:


(on the dexter) Quarterly 1st and 4th Gules and cross botonny or* (for Humfrey) 2nd and 3rd Argent on a bend sable three lozenges of the first each charged with saltire gules (for Urswick)

(on the sinister) [purposefully blank]

Crest: A sphinx sejant proper (for Humfrey)

* Some authorities state that these arms are blazoned: 'Gules on a cross botonny argent five pellets'. The Humfrey arms as 2

engraved on this tazza were granted or confirmed by the Ulster King of Arms in 1660.

These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage a gentleman of the Humfrey family, later of Cavanacor in the County of Donegal. Given the date of manufacture of this particular piece and an examination of the pedigree of the family there is a strong likelihood that the gentleman concerned was Henry Humfrey (died 12th March 1741) who married Elizabeth Henthorn on the 19th July 1712 which would mesh in well with the given facts.

The Humfrey family is stated has having first settled in Ireland by Richard Humfrey (born 1614 died 1665). He was said to be the son of Richard Humfrey, of Rettenden in the County of Essex and an unnamed daughter (died 1666) of Sir Samuel Sandys, of Ombersley in the County of Worcestershire. Richard (the Settler) arrived in Ireland in 1655 and resided at Donard in the County of Wicklow.

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