This magnificent large and heavy armorial early George III silver basket was made in London in 1765 by William Plummer and measures 15 inches long by 12.5 inches wide and is approx 13 inches tall with handle raised and is 4.75 inches tall to the border. The cast border is shaped and has S scrolled gadrooning with scrolled leaf designs and shell designs interspersed, it has a wonderfully pierced and engraved body with cast flower heads and graduated beading designs around it and geometrical piercings, the cast and pierced swing handle also has S scrolling to either side of the handle where it attaches to the body with gadrooned borders either side of a diamond shaped piercing and a central cartouche with leaf design surrounding it. To the centre of the basket there is a large coat of arms inside a florid cartouche and it stands on a cast scroll and florid skirt with scrolled feet. It is fully and clearly hallmarked to the underside. A wonderfully eye catching piece of silver in superb condition weighing a heft 50.30 ounces or 1565 grams and a welcome addition to any collection of fine silver.
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this George III English Sterling Silver Cast
and Pierced Cake Basket by William Plummer hallmarked London 1765 are those of
the family of Wallis impaling Paul. 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) Ermine a bend gules (for Wallis)
(on the sinister) Azure a sword erect argent pommel and hilt or between four
crosses paty fitchy of the second (for Paul)
These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of Henry Wallis
(born circa 1723), of Curryglass and Drishane in the County of Cork and Elizabeth
Paul (born 1725). Henry and Elizabeth were married in 1758. Henry was the eldest son of George Wallis, of Curryglass aforesaid and his wife and cousin, Elizabeth
Drishane Castle and other estates came to Henry under the terms of the will of his maternal grandfather,
2 Their marriage licence was dated 4th February 1758.
Wallis, whilst Elizabeth was the daughter of Christmas Paul, of Paulville in the County
of Carlow and his wife, Ellen Carew.
Drishane Castle, Drishane, near Millstreet, Co. Cork. The Former Seat of the Wallis Family.