This very rare and large crested Charles II silver sauce pan was made in London C1665 by William Harrison and measures 11.5 inches from the handle to the lip of the bowl the bowl being 3.5 inches tall and 4 7/8 inches wide across the top, it is crested to one side and has a large turned fruit wood handle and is in very good condition weighing 13.85 ounces or 431 grams.
The Crest of the Family of Hart
The crest as engraved upon this Charles II English Sterling Silver Saucepan by William Harrison hallmarked London circa 1665 is that of the family of Hart. It may be blazoned as follows:
Crest: A heart inflamed issuant out of a castle triple-towered argent1
This crest pertains to the family of Hart, of the County of Donegal. Given the manufacture of this saucepan there is a likelihood that it was in the possession of one of the sons (or their issue) of Henry Hart (born between 1568 – 722 died 6th September 1637), of Ballynagard, Muff, Ardmore and Craig all in the County of Donegal. Henry had served as a Captain in the Army in Ireland and was wounded at Carrickfergus in 1597 when still a Lieutenant. Henry later went on to serve as the Governor of Culmore Fort in 1605, Provost of Londonderry in 1611, Alderman of Londonderry in 16133 and Mayor of Londonderry in 1630. Henry married Frances Bosvile (died 2nd November 1654), the daughter of Sir Robert Bosvile, of Eynesford in the County of Kent on the 5th December 1603.
1 Later authorities blazon this crest as ‘A heart inflamed issuing out of a tower argent’. In the Herald’s Visitation of the County of Kent of 1619, the was also blazoned as ‘On a tower argent a heart gules enflamed proper’. 2 He was born at Risby, Co. Suffolk. 3 Under the first Royal Charter of King James I.
There are two leading candidates for the ownership of this piece, one was Eustace, Henry’s second son who appears to have died young (but after Henry’s death) with no issue and the second was Henry’s eighth son, Merrick Hart (born 1637 died 1680).4 There is, of course, the possibility that a later son of the family had caused the family’s crest to be engraved upon this saucepan, although, so saying from the look of the engraving it would appear to be contemporaneous or very contemporaneous with the piece.