Robert Makepeace and Richard Carter, London, 1776







 Of quite heavy gauge silver, the oval stand having a plain crested field surrounded by a raised vertically pierced rim draped in the Adam manner with husk garlands and flowerheads surrounded by a beaded rim, raised on four vertically pierced splay feet, each with a garland and single flowerhead all within a beaded border; the central crest, an ostrich on a chapeau, in mouth a horseshoe (Earl of Leicester – the dating contemporary with Thomas William Coke)


Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (6 May 1754 – 30 June 1842)

became famous for his advanced methods of animal husbandry used in improving his estate at Holkham in Norfolk. As a result, Coke of Norfolk is seen as one of the instigators of the British Agricultural Revolution.


Thomas Coke's efforts to improve the Holkham Hall estate became a marathon project which began in 1776 and lasted until his death in 1842. People interested in farming were said to flock to annual three-day gatherings at Holkham at sheep-shearing time – the so-called Holkham Clippings – from all over Britain and from overseas. Coke's Clippings were the fore-runners of today's agricultural shows. He is particularly credited with improvements to animal breeding and husbandry relating to cattle, sheep and pigs.


For most of his life, he was happy to remain plain “Mr Coke” : it is said that he had been offered a peerage seven times by six different Prime Ministers - sometimes by Whigs as a reward and at others by Tories as a bribe. Often celebrated by the title Coke of Norfolk, Coke was eventually ennobled by Queen Victoria in 1837, accepting a new Earldom of Leicester so that the sons of his second marriage might inherit his title, and was created Viscount Coke and Earl of Leicester,

of Holkham in the County of Norfolk.


Lord Leicester died at Longford Hall, Derbyshire.

See https://www.holkham.co.uk/


Condition : Excellent, with crisp marks verso; also inscribed for  weight verso 20.4 (20.9 AVD);

feet without repair or reinforcement


9-3/8” Long x 1-1/2” Deep x 1-3/8” High / 20.9 oz.






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Rare & Fine Pair of George III Silver Butter Escallop Shells  Robert Makepeace, London, 1772,

with pierced & crested handle


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George III Silver Stand with Pierced Border, Makepeace & Carter, London, 1776