This very rare pair of lovely quality armorial William III silver candle sticks were made in London in 1695 by Benjamin Pyne and measure 7 7/8 inches tall by 4 13/16 inches across the square bases, they are a most unusual design of stick having a large stepped square base which leads into a rounded column which in turn leads into a square shoulder leading into a flute square column with 2 bands above which there is a square sconce. They have a coat of arms to the base and are fully hallmarked just above the square base. They are in very good condition and weigh in at a respectable 30.70 ounces or 954 grams when the usual sticks of this era are very light in construction – a beautiful well made quality pair of unusually designed sticks from a very nice maker.
The Arms of the Family of Heaton
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this Pair of William III English Sterling Silver Candlesticks by Benjamin Pyne hallmarked London 1695 are those of the family of Heaton. They may be blazoned as follows:
Arms: Argent on a bend engrailed sable three bucks’ heads cabossed 1 of the field
Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary this pair of candlesticks was in the possession of the Heatons, of Plas Heaton in the County of Denbighshire. Given their date of manufacture the leading candidate in whose ownership they first came was John Heaton (born 1653), of Plas Heaton. John was the eldest son of Hugh Heaton, of Plas Heaton and his second wife, Lucé, the daughter of Dafydd ap John (or Jones), of Denbigh2. John married Mary Moyle whose family came from Coed Marchant, near Ruthin in the County of Denbighshire on the 20th May 1678. It is stated that John and Mary had eighteen children during the course of their marriage of whom four sons survived. It is not known when either John or Mary died.
The family of Heaton claims decent from Sir Alexander Heton, Lord of the Manor of Heton in the feudal Barony of Manchester in the County of Lancashire who was livind during the reign of King Edward I. Sir Alexander served Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln in North Wales. The family acquired their early landholdings in Denbighshire at that time, consolidating further lands in the county, especially during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I when Richard Heaton, of Plas Heaton served as Receiver for the County. Richard also restored Plas Heaton during the reign of Elizabeth’s successor, King James I.
the 1 Sometimes blazoned as ‘three stags’ heads cabossed’. 2 Here it should be noted that there is a great deal of genealogical ambiguity when examining pedigrees of this family in various printed authorities.
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