This nice quality armorial early George III silver salver was made in London in 1764 by Thomas Hannam and Richard Mills, it measures 12 inches in dia and has a shaped and gadrooned border and stands on 3 cast legs with pad feet. It has a beautiful coat of arms to the centre below a large crest of a griffin holding an arrow. It is fully hallmarked to the back and is in very good condition weighing 27.20 ounces or 845 grams.
The Arms of the Family of Arnold
The arms as engraved upon this Early George III English Sterling Silver Dog Footed
Salver by Thomas Hannam & Richard Mills hallmarked London 1764 are those of the
family of Arnold. They may be blazoned as follows:
Arms: Gules three pheons argent on a chief of the second a bar
Crest: A demi-tiger1
sable sable bezanty maned and tufted or
holding a broad arrow shaft gules feathers and pheon
Motto: Dum vivo spero [While I live I hope]
These arms were recorded the Heralds’ Visitation of (the City of) London of 1633 –
along with a three-generation pedigree and signed by Thomas Arnold, of the
Ward of Faringdon Without, a Haberdasher of London. The family’s entry in this
1 An heraldic tiger, not a zoological tiger.
2 This visitation was undertaken by Sir Henry St George, Richmond Herald of Arms, and Marshal and
Deputy to his father, Sir Richard St George, Clarenceux King of Arms.
visitation states that the arms were confirmed, and the crest was granted to Richard
Arnold, Haberdasher of London in the ninth year of the reign of King James I & VI
on the 31st December 1611. As will be noted from the pedigree reproduced below
Richard’s two sons and one grandson were members of the Company of Haberdashers
of the City of London.
These armorial bearings were also borne by the
Arnolds, of Little Missenden Abbey in the County
of Buckinghamshire who descend from General
Benedict Arnold (born 14th January 1741 died 14th
June 1801), the so-called American traitor, but
British patriot. Given the date of manufacture of
this salver there is a possibly of it being in his
possession when he returned to England to settle for
the first time in 1782 or the second time
permanently in 1791. Alternatively, it could have
been was in the possession of one of his sons,
perhaps, at a guess, his younger son, William Fitch
Arnold, of Little Missenden Abbey. Whether it was in the possession of the General,
William or another of his sons or one of his British descendants remains to be proven.
If so, the salver was undoubtedly engraved with the Arnold arms sometime after its