This is a wonderful pair of English antique sterling silver salvers by the world famous silversmith Paul Storr.
They have hallmarks for London 1814, the makers mark of Paul Storr and are typical of his work with the exquisitely detailed rims and feet and the superb engraved decoration.
They each bear a beautifully engraved coat of arms and a crest which I have researched, see below.
The Marital Arms of Families of Thwaites and Dennett
The arms as engraved upon this Pair of George III English Sterling Silver Salvers by Paul Storr hallmarked London 1814 are those of Thwaites impaling Dennett. 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) Azure a fess between three estoiles or (for Thwaites)
(on the sinister) Sable a fess indented argent in chief three escallops or (for Dennett)
A cock wings elevated sable combed wattled and legged gules (for Thwaites) *
Dum Spiro Spero [While I breathe I hope]
* Although the engraver has placed the crest upon the helm of a baronet or knight there is no record that a member of the Thwaites family was ever created a baronet or was knighted. The engraver in all probability
engraved this pattern of helm in error.
Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary these
armorial bearings commemorate the marriage of an unnamed gentleman of the
Thwaites family who hailed originally from Marston in the County of Yorkshire to an unnamed daughter of the Dennett family.
In excellent condition with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 3 x Width 31 x Depth 31
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 0 inches
Paul Storr (Westminster 1771 – Tooting 1844)
born in London England in 1771, was to become one of the most talented silversmiths and goldsmiths of the nineteenth century. Today his legacy of exceptionally well crafted silver, found worldwide in museums and private collections, leaves one in awe when compared to that of his contemporaries. After having served a seven year apprenticeship from the age of 14, he began his career in 1792 when he went into a brief partnership with William Frisbee. This did not last and in 1793 a new mark, (his initials ‘P S’) was entered. By the beginning of the nineteenth century he had established himself as one of London’s top silversmiths producing, amongst others, commissions for Royalty.
In 1801 he married Elizabeth Susanna Beyer with whom he was to have ten children. In 1807 Paul Storr entered into a working relationship with Philip Rundell and by 1811 was a partner, and managing the workshops for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.
During this period he kept his own marks and separate workshop. However it was through Rundell, Bridge & Rundell who were appointed Goldsmith in Ordinary to George III in 1804 that his reputation as a master silversmith grew. His talents lay in being able to transform ideas and designs from Rundell, Bridge & Rundell’s designers, William Theed II, the chief modeller and head of the design department, and later John Flaxman II who succeeded him in 1817. During this period Rundell, Bridge & Rundell’s reputation grew due to the patronage of the Prince Regent (later George IV).
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