This quality set of 12 armorial early George III silver gilt plates were made in London in 1767 by Charles Frederick Kandler and measure just under 9.75 inches in dia, they have a shaped and gadrooned border with a fine coat of arms below and GARDEZ in a banner below, they are fully and clearly hallmarked to the backs and are in super condition weighing 200 ounces or 6200 grams.
The Arms of Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave, the 5th Baron Braye
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this Suite of Twelve George III English Silver Gilt Plates by Charles Frederick Kandler hallmarked London 1767 are those of Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave, the 5th Baron Braye. They may be blazoned as follows:
Arms: Quarterly 1st and 4th Azure fretty argent (for Cave) 2nd and 3rd Azure on a cross argent five mullets gules (for Verney)
The arms are ensigned with a baron’s coronet.
Supporters: Two lions guardant or winged vair
Motto: Gardez [Beware]
The manufacture and hallmarking of this suite of plates antedates the engraving of these armorial bearings by one hundred and twelve years. Given the history of the Barony of Braye which was created as a barony by writ within the Peerage of England in 1529 in the person of Sir Edmund Braye, of Eaton Braye in the County of Bedfordshire there is only be one candidate who would have commissioned these plates. This individual was Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave (born 23rd July 1849 died 1st July 1928) who succeeded his mother as the 5th Baron Braye on the 14th November 1879.
The Barony of Braye fell into abeyance upon the death of John Braye, the 2nd Baron Braye on the 19th November 1557. It remained in abeyance amongst the descendants of the 2nd Baron’s sisters until the peerage was called out of abeyance by Letters Patent on the 3rd October 1839 in favour of Sarah OtwayCave1 (born 2nd July 1768 died 21st February 1862). Sarah was the only daughter of Sir Thomas Cave, the 6th Baronet of Stanford Hall, Stanford in the County of Northamptonshire and his wife, Sarah Edwards. She married Henry Otway (died 15th September 1815) on the 25th February 1790. Upon Sarah’s death in 1862, the peerage once again fell into to abeyance amongst her four daughters.2 The barony was once again called out of abeyance in favour of her fourth and surviving daughter, Henrietta (born 3rd November 1809 died 14th November 1879) as the fourth holder of this peerage. She married Edgell Wyatt-Edgell3 (died 26th September 1888) on the 24th September 1844. Their son, Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave succeeded as the 5th Baron Braye upon his mother’s death in 1862. Given that the arms as engraved upon the suite of plates are shown upon a shield and not upon a lozenge this allows that the earliest date these plates were engraved was not before February 1880 when Alfred assumed for himself and his sister, Frances Catherine Sarah (died 14th November 1884) the surnames of Verney-Cave in lieu of their patronymic and the arms of Cave quarterly with those of Verney by Royal Licence in February 1880.