Description & Technical information

18 George II silver gilt octagonal plates by Elizabeth Godfrey(1753), and four Victorian plates made to match by Daniel and Charles Houle(1848).

The edges with gadroon and shell decoration and each engraved with the impaled arms of Roger Hope Elletson and his wife, Anne Eliza, daughter of Richard Gamon. Roger Hope Elletson was Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica and, on his death in 1775, his widow married James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chandos.

The plates are additionally engraved with the Grenville crest and Ducal coronet, presumably for the Duchy of Buckingham, the dignity attained by descendants of James Brydges and Anne Eliza.

The plates would seem to be the ones sold by auction at the Stowe Sale, on the premises for the bankrupt Duke of Buckingham in 1848. Lot 135, sold on Tuesday 5th September (day 17 of a 37 day sale) was a lot of fourteen plates which match in shape and decoration. The given weight in 1848 was 218.5 ounces and the 14 here are just an ounce lighter than this, measured, this time, electronically. (These were bought by Wheeler for �109)

The wooden case for 18 would also seem to date from this time and is handled for carriage.

4 Victorian plates 1776g / 57.00oz
Weight: 14 = 6760g/217.33oz

Date:  1753 and 1848
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century, 19th century
Origin:  England, London
Medium: silver-gilt
Dimensions: 25.5 cm (10 inches)
Categories: Jewellery, Silver