M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE I BRITANNIA STANDARD SILVER MARROW SCOOP
Isaac Davenport, London, 1720
Crested For the Family of Wilbraham
Of heavy gauge Britannia silver, the marrow scoop with usual double ended form,
the larger bowl with a squared end and crested verso
(the crest appearing contemporary to the making) : a wolf's head erased argent
(For the Family of Wilbraham)
The crest as engraved upon this George I Britannia Standard Silver Marrow Scoop
by Isaac Davenport
hallmarked London 1720 is that of the family of Wilbraham.
Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to contrary
this crest as mentioned above pertains to the family of Wilbraham.
The Wilbrahams stemmed from the County of Chester in the north west of England
close the border of North Wales.
There were branches of the family at Woodhey, Delamere, Nantwich, Rode,
Townsend and Dorfold, all within the said county.
The family descended from Sir Richard de Wilburgham, Lord of Wymincham,
who was Sheriff of the County of Chester
during the reign of King Henry III (1216 to 1272).
The Wilbrahams, of Woodhey, were created Baronets within the Baronetage of England in 1621.
Sadly, this baronetcy fell into extinction for the want of a male heir in 1692.
Descended from earlier member of the Woodhey Wilbrahams were the branches of Nantwich and Rode.
One notable branch descended from the Rode Wilbrahams, who were created
within the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1828.
They took the name Bootle-Wilbraham on marrying a Bootle heiress in the late 18th Century.
In 1880 the then Lord Skelmersdale was advanced with the Peerage of the United Kingdom as the Earl of Lathom.
Again, like the Woodhey baronetcy, the Earl of Lathom fell into extinction upon the death of the 3rd Earl in 1930,
although the Barony of Skelmersdale was inherited a kinsman of the 3rd Earl and continues to the present.
Marks : Grimwade #432, entered April 1697
All marks excellent, the maker's mark and date mark E being rubbed to the right side
Overall condition : Excellent; crest with rubbing appropriate to age and usage
8.25" Long / 1.6 oz.
(Heraldry by John Tunesi of Liongam, UK)
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