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Marks: London, sterling standard, 1753-54, maker’s mark of Fourteen by Elizabeth Godfrey (Grimwade no. 591); London, sterling standard, 1753-54, marked on underside.
Four maker’s mark of Daniel and Charles Houle, London, sterling standard, 1848-49,
Diameter: 23.5 cm, 9.25in
The octagonal plates have gadroon and shell borders and are engraved with a coat of arms and a crest and ducal coronet.
The arms are those of Roger Hope Elletson who was Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica and the crest is that of Grenville.
In 1775 Hope-Elletson’s widow, Anne Eliza, married James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chando who had inherited the title in 1771; she was wealthy in her own right having inherited her first husband’s estates in Jamaica including the Hope plantation. The couple spent most of their time at their home at Alvington rather than at Stowe. The Duke died in 1789 and his widow who became insane lived until 1813. They had only one surviving daughter Anna Eliza who went on to become 1st Duchess of Buckingham and Chandos.
The plates appeared in the Stowe Sale, held on the premises following the bankruptcy of the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, between 15th August and 5th October 1848. The silver table plate was sold on day seventeen of the sale on 5th September and these plates appear under the sub-heading ‘Gilt’ and are listed as: lot 135, fourteen octagonal silver plates with gadroon and shell decoration. They are listed as weighing 218.5 ounces and the fourteen George II plates are just an ounce lighter than this. The fitted wooden case must date from when the four additional plates were added to the set.
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