This very nice quality armorial George III silver lidded tankard was made in London in 1789 by Hester Bateman and measures 8 inches tall by 7 inches from the handle across and is 5 inches in dia across the base. It has a cast and scrolled handle with a heart terminal at the base and a cast openwork thumb piece to the lid which is stepped and domed and fully hallmarked to the inside, it is fully and clearly hallmarked to the side and has a coat of arms to the front, it has a girdle half way up the body and has a skirted base. A very nice tankard in very good condition weighing 24.55 ounces or 24.55 grams by a very popular maker.
The Arms of Hobart, Baronet of Intwood in the County of Norfolk, Earl of Buckinghamshire
The arms as engraved upon this George III English Sterling Silver Lidded Tankard by Hester Bateman hallmarked London 1789 are those of Hobart, Baronet of Intwood in the County of Norfolk, Earl of Buckinghamshire. They may be blazoned as follows:
Arms: Sable an estoile or1 between two flaunches ermine [differenced at middle chief with the baronet’s augmentation]
Motto: Mon droit2 [My right]
Given the date of manufacture of this tankard this would have been in the lifetime of Sir George Hobart (October 1731 died 14th October 1804), the 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire3 and the 7th Baronet of Intwood. George was the eldest son of Sir John Hobart, the 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire and his second wife, Elizabeth 1 The engraver has omitted the small ‘dots’ used to signify the heraldic metal ‘or’ (gold) for the estoiles as well as adding an extra two wavy rays whereas the Hobart estoile is generally depicted with six wavy rays. So, saying, there is the occasional example of an estoile with eight wavy rays borne by a member of the family. 2 The motto as used here ‘Mon droit’ is not one ordinarily used by the Hobart family, although it should be noted that in England mottoes can be changed at will. 3 George was also the 3rd Baron Hobart, of Blicking, Co. Norfolk.
Bristowe, the daughter of Robert Bristowe. He inherited the Earldom of Buckinghamshire and the Barony of Hobart, together with the Baronetcy of Intwood upon his stepbrother, Sir John Hobart, the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire’s death on the 3rd August 1793. George married Lady Albinia Bertie, the daughter and coheiress of Lord Vere Bertie and his wife, Anne Casey and granddaughter of the Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. It is odd that there are no incidents of peerage4 engraved along the arms. Perhaps, George did not wish to depict the full panoply of his status on such an everyday piece of plate?