Set of 11 George II Silver Hanoverian Dinner Three-Tine Forks

London, Crested en Suite for Vane;

William Petley, 1731-2 (9), Samuel Hitchcock, 1727-8 (1), lacking maker's mark (1)




All of heavy gauge silver, and having three tines and an upturned terminals

 engraved with the same crest for the family of Vane:

a dexter hand in armour couped at the wrist proper holding a sword* argent pommel and hilt or

* (The sword is often depicted a little foreshortened in many examples of the Vane crest).


Date letters Petley - Q, Grimwade # 3251, entered 1720;

Hitchcock (SA a trefoil below) - M, Grimwade # 2526, entered 1720

and having the sharpest crest


Condition : Excellent weight; fair marks; one lacking maker's mark and with shaft repair;

crests very rubbed save one (Hitchcock - date mark M), very rubbed; some expected scuffing to heels

the tines with the expected tip wear; oversized images below for inspection


7-3/8" to 7-1/2" Long / 23.9 oz.






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The Vane family stemmed from a John Fane, of Hadlow in the County of Kent in England's south-east.

John was the 4th and youngest son of John Vane or Fane, of Hilden in the same county.

It was this John who was also the ancestor of the Earls of Westmorland.

The Vanes, over the next few generations, established themselves whereby the great great grandson of John Vane, of Hilden,

Sir Henry Vane the elder (born 18th February 1589 died 1654) sold his property at Hadlow and

purchased another estate in Kent called Fairlawn, which remained the family?s principal estate for next hundred years.

Some little time later, he also purchased Raby Castle in the County of Durham*.

This particular acquisition began the family's influence in the north-east of England.


Given the date of manufacture of these forks, they may very well have been in the possession of :

 Sir Henry's great great grandson, Gilbert Vane (baptised 17th April 1678 died 27th April 1753), the 2nd Baron Barnard;

 or one of Gilbert's sons :

1) Henry Vane (died 6th March 1758), 3rd Baron Barnard and 1st Earl of Darlington;

2) Morgan Vane, of Bilby Hall in the County of Nottinghamshire

3) Thomas Vane (died 1758), of Staindrop Hall in the County of Durham.


There is also a possibility that they were in the possession of another branch of the family

who descended from Sir George Vane, the second son of Sir Henry Vane.

Sir George was seated at Long Newton in the County of Durham.

He was also the ancestor of the Vanes, of Hutton Hall in the County of Cumberland.



* Raby Castle and its landscape in the early 19th century, J.M.W. Turner, Walters Museum

(Raby Castle is also famous for its works of art, mostly collected by the Vane family).


Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi of Liongam

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom






9 Petley Forks :




Hitchcock example :



Unmarked example, repair mid-shaft :







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Set of 11 George II Silver 3-Tine Hanoverian Table Forks, Petley