This pair of double crested and armorial Georgian silver tureens were made in London in 1828 by John Mewburn and measure 5.25 inches to the top of the handle by 9.25 inches handle to handle and stand on a stepped oval foot that has a reeded border with the tops of the tureens also having a reeded border leading into reeded handles, they have a lovely coat of arms to one side and to the lids they have 2 crests, one of a lions paw and the other a chapeau with a leopards head atop on a fleur de lys. They are fully hallmarked on the sides and to the lids and are in very good condition weighing 37.30 ounces or 1160 grams – a useful pair of tureens.
The Marital Arms of Gibbon and Dun
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this Pair of George IV English Sterling Silver Tureens by John Mewburn hallmarked London 1829 are those of the family of Gibbon impaling Dun. 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. They may be blazoned as follows:
(on the dexter) Azure a lion rampant between three escallops argent (for Gibbon)
(on the sinister) Gules a sword palewise proper hilt and pommel or between three padlocks argent (for Dun)
Crest: A lion’s gamb erect and erased (……?) (for Gibbon)
Secondary Crest: Upon a chapeau gules turned up ermine a leopard’s face jessant de lis (……?) (for ……?)
These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of an unidentified gentleman of the family of Gibbon to an unidentified daughter of the family of Dun. Sadly, there is a dearth of available genealogical information that would ordinarily assist in identifying the couple whose arms these are. There are at least three families of the name of Dun who are stated to have borne the arms as blazoned above, notably
the family of Dun of Taartie in the County of Aberdeenshire, perhaps the wife in this case was a daughter of one of these families?
I suspect the secondary crest is that of a later owner of these tureens. At present this crest remains unidentified.