This wonderful set of three crested and armorial early George III silver caddies were made in London in 1766/7 by John Henry Vere and William Lutwyche, 2 measure approx 5.75 inches tall by 3 1/8 inches at their widest and are 2 1/8 inches deep and the larger one is approx 6 inches tall by 3 inches wide and 3 1/8 inches deep, they are beautifully decorated with flowers and foliage and have a cartouche either side, one bearing a bird crest and the other a coat of arms, they each stand on 4 cast scroll and flower head feet and have shaped pull off lids, the smaller ones with a cast daisy finial and the large one has a rose finial. They are fully and clearly hallmarked under the base and also with the lion passant on the inside rim of the lids. A fine set of caddies of unusual form in excellent condition weighing 24.45 ounces or 757 grams.
The Marital Arms of Moore and Long The armorial bearings as engraved upon this Suite of Three George III English Sterling Silver Caddies by John Henry Vere and William Lutwyche hallmarked London 1766 – 67 are those of the family of Moore impaling Long. 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: Arms: (on the dexter) Argent three greyhounds courant in pale sable (for Moore) In the chief of these arms is depicted the baronet’s augmentation. (on the sinister) Sable a lion passant argent on a chief of the second three cross crosslets of the first (for Long) The engraver has omitted the ‘cross crosslet fitchy or’ that is ordinarily held in the dexter forepaw of the lion in the arms. Crest: A moorcock holding in its beak a sprig of (……?) all proper (for Moore) These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of Sir Henry Moore, Baronet (born 7th February 1713 died 11th September 1769), of the Island of Jamaica and Province of New York and his wife, Catherine Maria Long (born 1727 died ……? 2 ). Henry and Catherine were married at the Parish Church of St Catherine, Spanish Town on the Island of Jamaica on the 12th January 1751. Henry was the only surviving son and heir of Samuel Long, of Jamaica and his wife, Elizabeth Lowe, whilst Catherine was the eldest daughter of Samuel Long4 and his wife, Mary Tate. Both the Moore and Long families had established upon the Island of Jamaica for some time when Henry and Catherine married in 1751. Both families were well connected with other British families and were in involved with the governance of the island on behalf of the Crown. Henry served as acting Governor of Jamaica twice (1756 and 1759 – 62). He was created a Baronet within the Baronetage of Great Britain, styled ‘of Jamaica’ on the 26th January 1764 on his return to England. Shortly thereafter he was appointed as the Royal Governor of the Province of New York, an office he held until his sudden death in 1769. Henry was buried at Trinity Church, Manhattan. The Marriage Entry of Henry Moore and Catherine Maria Long in the Register of the Parish Church of St Catherine, Spanish Town on the Island of Jamaica 12th January 1751.
It is not known when Catherine died. Although it is known when she returned to England after Sir Henry’s death in 1769, she remarried a gentleman named Captain Richard Vincent at the Parish Church of St Mary le Bone, Marylebone, Co. Middlesex on the 22nd August 1771. Elizabeth was the sister and co-heiress of Samuel Lowe, of Goadby, Co. Leicestershire. Samuel was a Captain in Queen Caroline’s Dragoons and Keeper of the King’s Palace of Newmarket, Co. Suffolk. His father was Charles Long, of Longville, Jamaica and of Hurts Hall, Saxmundham, Co. Suffolk. Mary along with her sister, Catherine were co-heiresses to the ancient English Baronies of Zouche of Haringworth, St Maur, and Lovel of Cary through their mother, Mary Noel.