With a most unusual nozzle, each on a circular foot with two stylised tongue and dart border below two rows of acanthus leaves,
waisted by and above rows of large beading,
the round tapering shaft rising from chased stamens to a row of upright reeding between reeded horizontal girdles,
the capital of flaring acanthus leaves with a beaded edge,
the inset candle cups with further zig-zap leaf edges arising from another row of large beading;
each crested :
for General Sir Townshend Walker, 1st Baronet of Castleton
On a mural crown or encircled by a wreath of laurel thereon an ostrich proper
resting the dexter foot on a shell exploding proper*
*(This crest was augmented by the addition of the laurel wreath and
the exploding shell to allude to the military achievements exploits of Sir George)
Condition : Excellent and without damage; marks to the left example very clear, very rubbed on the right example;
detailing on the right example more rubbed in the higher places of the base, as seen in the images
Note regarding Benjamin Smith II :
Benjamin Smith II has been referred to as being "of a difficult and probably irascible nature,
and this is borne out by the variations in his entry of marks with and without partners".
As early as age 26, Smith was associated with Matthew Boulton, and
in partnership from 1792 until 1802, at which time he registered a mark in Greenwich.
In Greenwich he worked alone and also with his sons, eventually moving to London.
His firm, together with that of Paul Storr, manufactured almost entirely for Rundell and Bridge -
likely the reason for the London relocation.
"The firm's most important production is proably he Jamaica service of 1803, in the Royal Collection.
The silver-gilt trays, baskets and wine-coasters with open vine borders
are among their most distinctive and accomplished achieverment."
- Grimwade, pp. 661-2