M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
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
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
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
7-3/8" to 7-1/2" Long / 23.9 oz.
The Vane family stemmed from
a John Fane, of Hadlow in the County of Kent in England's
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
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
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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