PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER PEDESTAL SAUCEBOATS
Thomas Ellis, London, 1780
Of heavy gauge silver, each deep shaped boat with a French gadrooned rim and coat of arms, over a "collet" or pedestal foot with shaped French gadrooned foot, acanthus leaf capped s-scroll handles, marked under the lip; marks rubbed but legible; arms for family of Hobson impaling those of an as yet unidentified family :
On the dexter - Argent a chevron engrailed azure between four lozenges gules each charged with a cross or, for Hobson
On the sinister - a griffin segreant
Crest: A leopard’s head erased, for Hobson
(There are a number of families bearing the name of Hobson who have as their crest variants of a leopard’s head, whilst some Hobsons have a lion’s or panther’s head as their crest.)
Condition : Excellent; old silver solder reinforcement to the seam beneath the spout of one;
marks rubbed, but maker's legible on each, but very rubbed on one
Note : Collet (pedestal form) sauceboats were revived from the early 18th century about 1760. They were usually of a heavy gauge silver with a deeper body. They are more sought after than those with legs - probably due to their stability. Sauceboats by Thomas Ellis are quite rare.
9" Long / 31.2 Troy Oz.
Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi of Liongam
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Thomas Chawner, London, 1776
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Pair of George III Silver Pedestal Sauceboats, Thomas Ellis, London 1780, with arms for Hobson