Description & Technical information

The Marital Arms of Curzon and Bisshopp The arms as engraved upon this George IV English Sterling Silver Soup Tureen by Robert Garrard II hallmarked London 1825 are those of the family of Curzon impaling Bisshopp. These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter (the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of the husband and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife. These armorial bearings may be blazoned as follows: 
(on the dexter) Quarterly 1st and 4th Argent on bend sable three popinjays
or collared gules [with a crescent for difference] (for Curzon)
2nd Argent a mullet sable pierced of the field (for Assheton) and 3rd Argent on a fess sable three plates (for Penn)
(on the sinister) Quarterly 1st Argent on bend cotised gules three bezants (for Bisshopp) 2nd Azure three swans’ heads erased at the
neck argent (for Hedges) 3rd Per fess or and gules a pale
counterchanged three Cornish choughs proper (for Tate)
4th Gules ten bezants four three two and one a canton
ermine (for Zouche) 5th Gules three leopards’ faces jessantde-lys or (for Cantalupe) and 6th Argent two chevron gules a
label azure (for possibly Albini) 

These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of The Honourable Robert Curzon (born 13th February 1774 died 14th May 1863) and Harriett Anne Bisshopp (born 7th September 1787 died 15th May 1870). Robert and Harriett were married on the 14th October 1808. Robert was the second surviving son (hence the use of the cadency mark of a crescent upon the arms of Curzon) of Assheton Curzon, the 1st Viscount Curzon and his second wife, Dorothy Grosvenor; whilst Harriett was the eldest daughter of Sir Cecil Bisshopp, the 8th Baronet of Parham in the County of Sussex and his wife, Harriett Anne Southwell, the only daughter and heiress of William Southwell, of Frampton in the County of Gloucestershire. Harriett’s father, Sir Cecil was in remainder to the Barony of Zouche of Haryngworth in the Peerage of England which was/is a barony by writ which was created on the 16th August 1308. This peerage fell into abeyance upon the death of Edward La Zouche, the 11th Baron Zouche of Haryingworth on the 18th August 1625 between his two daughters. It was called out of abeyance when Sir Cecil who petitioned for the barony in the right of his mother, Susanna Hedges, a co-heir to Edward La Zouche, the 11th Baron. Sir Cecil was successful with his petition and he was summoned to Parliament on the 27th August 1815 as the 12th Baron Zouche of Haryingworth. On her father’s death on the 11th November 1828, the Bisshop Baronetcy of Parham was inherited by cousin, whilst the Barony of Zouche of Haryingworth once again fell into abeyance between Harriett and her sister, Katherine Arabella as their father’s co-heirs for a short time. The abeyance was terminated by the Crown in favour of Harriett on the 9th February 1829 when she became the 13th holder of the barony as the Baroness Zouche of Haryingworth.
Upon her death in 1870, Robert and Harriett’s eldest son, Robert Curzon (born 16th March 1810 died 2nd August 1873) succeeded as the 14th Baron Zouche of Haryingworth.

Weight: 3,999.4g, 128oz 12dwt

Date:  1825
Period:  19th century
Origin:  London
Medium: silver
Signature: Maker’s mark of Robert Garrard II

Dimensions: 34 cm (13³/₈ inches)
Categories: Silver