William Hunter, London 1868

For the Families of Boucher / Bourcher / Bourchier




Of heavy gauge silver, a bearded old man's head erased and wearing a cap above a torse,

for the families bearing the surname of Boucher / Bourcher / Bourchier :

(Earls of Ewe and Essex, and the Barons Bourchier)

blazoned as follows:
Crest : An old man's head in profile couped at the shoulders
proper on the head a cap turned down in front [……?......]

(see below for more)

on a mount with descending post ending in a silver screw cap, having a long cork;
fully marked to the rim, maker's mark W.H within a chamfered rectangle


Condition : Excellent; crisp definition throughout


Please Note : Heraldic (armorial) cast stoppers are the rarest available.


3.75" High / 2.1 oz. total






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The Crest of the Family of Boucher

The crest as engraved upon this Victorian English Sterling Silver Cast Bottle Stopper
by William Hunter hallmarked London 1868 is that of the family of Boucher. It may
be blazoned as follows:
Crest: An old man's head in profile couped at the shoulders
proper on the head a cap turned down in front [……?......]


This crest and its close variants has historically been used by families bearing the
surname of Boucher/Bourcher/Bourchier.
This is the plain variant of the crest as other families bearing the name bear a like crest,
but in addition to the cap worn by 'the old man' has it rising out of a ducal coronet.


This was certainly the crest as borne by the Bourchiers,
the Earls of Ewe and Essex, and the Barons Bourchier.

The duel earldom falling into extinction for want of a male heir in 1539,
whilst the barony fell into abeyance in 1646.
Undoubtedly there were gentry families who bore the name of Boucher or one of its variants
to whom this crest belonged; but owing to a dearth of genealogical information,
it is at present difficult to pin point one family or branch thereof with any exactitude.


(Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi of Liongam, England)



Also See :




Left to Right :


Fine Victorian Cast Silver Heraldic Bottle Stopper, Murray, Dukes of Atholl (or Athole) and the Earls of Dunmore (Hennell)


Good George IV Silver Bottle Neck Ring and Silver-Mounted Bottle Stopper (Samuel Jackson)


Victorian Cast Silver Heraldic Bottle Stopper, Earls of Essex and Ewe, Barons Bourchier (William Hunter)



Pair Scottish Victorian Silver Figural Bottle Stopper (John MacKay, Edinburgh, 1880. 4.3 oz.)




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Heavy Gauge Silver Victorial Heraldic Bottle Stopper, Modeled as crest of Families of Boucher