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The set comprises a sterling silver four piece tea and coffee set and the original matching silver plated kettle on stand.
All the pieces are engraved with coats of arms of Johnstone clan and bears the inscription 'Nunquam non paratus' (never unprepared).
This is a truly exquisite set with beautiful engraved decoration, the cream and sugar having the original gilding on the interior.
Excellent - please refer to pictures.
Dimensions in cm:
Weight 71 troy oz - weight is of 4 silver items
Height 38 - Height of coffee pot
Dimensions in inches:
Weight 2.21 kg - weight is of 4 silver items
Height 15.0 - Height of coffee pot
Son of John Hennell - elder brother of Robert Hennell I, who had returned to Newport Pagnell and continued his grandfather's business, described in the register as draper, Citizen and Goldsmith of London.
Robert II was apprenticed to his uncle Robert Hennell 8 April 1778. Free, 1 June 1785. He was also apprenticed to John Houle (q.v.) engraver, and seems to have worked after freedom as such at Windmill Court, Smithfield, very probably executing the fine engraving typical of Robert I's pieces at the period, until first mark entered as plateworker, in partnership with Henry Nutting, 17 June 1808.
Third mark, 11 August 1820. Fourth mark, 28 January 1826. Retired 1833 when he announced in the London Gazette, 25 May, that his son Robert III would take over his mark.
His beautiful silver pieces can be found in Victoria and Albert Museum collections in London.
Clan Johnstone is a Lowland Scottish clan. They were involved in many battles on the Scottish borders. Johnstone comes from "John's toun", not "John's stone" or "John's son." Historically, "Johnston" has been an alternate spelling of the surname.
The first known person of this name was John of Johnstone, who in 1174 gave his name to the lands of Annandale in Dumfrieshire which he had been granted. His son, called Gilbert Johnstone ("Gillibertus de Johnistoun") appears on records between 1194–1214 and onwards, presumably taking his surname from the town his father had established - "Johnstone" or "John's toun".
Gilbert's Grandson called Sir John Johnstone was a Knight of the county of Dumfries. Sir John Johnstone signed the Ragman Roll of King Edward I of England in 1296.
At this time Perth was known as St Johnston and Johnstonburn in East Lothian was then called Jonystoun. These two areas have records of the Johnstone Clan. A third area of Johnstones which came from Stephen the Clerk and Margaret the heiress of Sir Andrew Garioch used the family name of Johnston.
The Johnstones rose to prominence and power by assisting the King in crushing the Douglas rebellion in 1455. The Black Douglases virtually controlled southern Scotland and were perceived as a serious threat to the Stewart dynasty.
By the 18th century the Clan Chief of Johnstones had been raised from the rank of Lord to Earl of Annandale and Secretary of State. John the second of the Wester Hall branch was made a Baronet of Nova Scotia.
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