This superb copy of a crested Charles II silver punch bowl made in London in 1933 by Richard Comyns and measures 10.75 inches in dia across the top by 5.5 inches tall, it has a cast scroll acanthus leaf and dot border with fluting to the bowl and it is crested to the front inside and feathered cartouche and the cartouche is repeated to the back, it stands on a raised foot and is fully hallmarked to the side, a lovely piece of silver made in the Arts and Craft era weighing 39.95 ounces or 1242 grams.
The Crest of the Family of Tennant
The crest as engraved upon this George V English Sterling Silver Punch Bowl by
Richard Comyns hallmarked London 1933 in the style of one from the Reign of
Charles II is that of the family of Tennant. It may be blazoned as follows:
Crest: A mast with a sail hoisted proper
Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary this punch
bowl was in the possession of a gentleman of the Tennant family. The family’s
fortunes stemmed from its progenitor Charles Tennant (born 3rd May 1768 died 1st
October 1838) who was a Scottish chemist and industrialist. Charles’s claim to fame
that he discovered bleaching powder1
and went on to found an industrial dynasty that
generated a vast and continuing fortune for his immediate family and their
descendants. His grandson, Charles Clow Tennant (born 4th November 1823 died 4th
June 1906) was created a baronet on the 17th July 1885 styled ‘of The Glen in the
County of Peeblesshire and of St Rollux in the City of Glasgow’ within the
Baronetage of the United Kingdom. Sir Charles married firstly,2 Emma Winsloe
(died 21st January 1895), the daughter of Richard Winsloe, of Mount Nebo, near
Taunton in the County of Somerset on the 2nd August 1849. Sir Charles and Emma’s
1 Chloride of lime for which he took out a patent (No.2312) on the 30th April 1799. Its prime use was
a cheap and reliable method for the bleaching of cloth that was being produced by Britain’s cotton
2 Sir Charles married secondly, Marguerite Agaranthe Miles, the youngest daughter of Colonel Charles
W. Miles, of Burton Hill, Malmesbury, Co. Wiltshire in November 1898.
2 eldest surviving son, Edward Priaulx Tennant (born 31st May 1859 died 21st
November 1920) who succeeded as the 2nd Baronet of The Glen and of St Rollux
upon his father’s death in 1906 was created a peer as Baron Glenconner, of Glen in
the County of Peeblesshire within the Peerage of the United Kingdom on the 3rd
As there are no incidents of peerage (i.e. coronet of rank) displayed with the crest it
may be presumed that this bowl may well have been in the possession of one of the
brothers of Christopher Grey Tennant (born 14th June 1899 died 1983), the 2nd Baron
Glenconner or in the possession of the collateral branch who in remainder to the
baronetcy of The Glen and of St Rollux alone.
The Tennant family descend from John Tennant, of Blairston Mill in the County of
Ayrshire who was born in 1635.
Armorial Bearings of the Barons Glenconner, of The Glen, Co. Peeblesshire showing the crest as
engraved upon this bowl.