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Engraved with a contemporary coat-of-arms in a rococo cartouche for Beardsley with Gresley quartering Bott and Wastness in pretence as borne by Samuel Beardsley of Tamworth [died 1761] and his wife Elizabeth Bott [died 1775], widow of Thomas Bott of Coventry, and co-heiress of her father, Charles Gresley of Dunstall in Staffordshire. The kettle body also engraved underneath with 'B' over 'S E' for Samuel and Elizabeth Beardsley.
Elizabeth Gresley had married her first cousin, an apothecary in Coventry and son of Septimus Bott, Mayor of Coventry, on the 4th November 1725 in Tatenhill. He died in 1739 and was buried in Holy Trinity Coventry with their four children who all died in infancy. Her second marriage to Samuel Beardsley, circa 1741, produced no further children. When Samuel died, he left the great part of his estate to his widow. Amongst the many bequests in her will, Elizabeth Beardsley mentions various pieces of silver including this kettle:
‘I give to my Goddaughter sir Nigel Gresleys daughter my large silver Tea Table or Waiter and my Diamond Earrings the same to be delivered to the said Sir Nigel In Trust for his said Daughter. I Give to my said Goddaughter Elizabeth the Daughter of the said Thomas Gresley my Silver Lamp and my Silver Tea Kettle with the Silver Waiter the Kettle stands upon. I Give to Mrs. Ann Edwards the wife of the said Thomas Edwards the father my Gold Watch with the Chain and Seal thereto belonging I give to the said Thomas Edwards the father my two old large Candlesticks Snuffers and Standish thereto belonging which were his Aunt Wrights and my large Wrought Silver Salver and large Silver Tankard which were his were his Grandfather Mr. Septimus Botts’...’I give to the said Thomas Edwards the son my large Silver Cup without a Cover marked I.B. which was his great Grandmother Botts. I give to my Cousin Elizabeth the Wife of Mr. Samuel Ball of Tamworth – aforesaid Woolstapler one pair of my new Silver Candlesticks and unto my said Goddaughter Jane Williams I give the other pair of my new Silver Candlesticks to be delivered to her Father in Trust for her. I give to my said Godson Samuel Pipe my large Silver Cup with a Cover to it which was given by my great Grandmother Wolferstan to my Grandfather and Grandmother Bott to be kept by them and the heirs of their Bodies in remembrance of her...’
Sadly, Elizabeth, the daughter of Revd. Thomas Gresley of Netherseal to whom the kettle was left by her aunt, died aged only 29, unmarried, in 1792. See a memorial to her in Netherseal church and a copy of her will in Derbyshire Record Office [D1351/17/7 Copy of will of Miss Elizabeth Gresley of Netherseal (Leicestershire), 18 Dec 1792]. The newspaper 'The World' reported her death in its issue of November 30th 1792: 'One Wednesday last, at her Brother's house at Seal, in the county of Leicester, Miss Gresley, eldest daughter of the late Rev'd. Dr. Gresley of Four Oaks in the county of Warwick.'
A number of documents relating to the Gresley family and their relations - including account books belonging to Thomas Bott as an apothecary - are held by the Derbyshire Record Office [D77 etc.]. The Wills of Thomas Bott [PROB 11/697/211], Samuel Beardsley [PROB11/862/123] and Elizabeth Beardsley [PROB11/1013/270] are in the National Archives.
|Height||35.50 cm||(13.98 inches)|
|Width||23.50 cm||(9.25 inches)|
|Depth||16.50 cm||(6.50 inches)|