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A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER TEA CADDIES

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER TEA CADDIES
MAKER'S MARK PROBABLY THAT OF WILLIAM ALEXANDER OR WILLIAM ABDY (GRIMWADE NO. 3860), LONDON, 1763

Each rectangular, the sides engraved with borders of scrolling foliage, rocaille and floral garlands, the slightly domed slide cover engraved with similar decoration and with cast rocaille finial, the side engraved with a lozenge-of-arms within a rococo cartouche, marked under bases and covers; silver hinges maker's mark IW ,in later fitted oak case with applied openwork scroll silver furniture
4½in. (11.4cm.) high
(26oz. 10dwt., 833gr.) (2)

Lot Essay

The arms are those of a lady of the Gunning family of Castle Coote, co. Roscommon. The last male representative in the direct line, General John Gunning, left a daughter and heiress who married Major James Plunkett. General Gunning's three sisters were celebrated court beauties of the court of George III; they were Mary, Countess of Coventry; Elizabeth, Baroness Hamilton, wife, successively of the Dukes of Hamilton and Argyll, and Catherine, who married Robert Travis.
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