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A George III silver sauceboat

MARK OF JOHN PARKER AND EDWARD WAKELIN, LONDON, 1767

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A George III silver sauceboat
Mark of John Parker and Edward Wakelin, London, 1767
Helmet-shaped, on four spreading feet, with gadrooned border applied with shells and scrolls to each side, the double scroll handle with foliate scroll terminal, the body engraved with a coat-of-arms with baron's coronet above, marked under base
8in. (20.5cm.) long
14oz. (438gr.)
The arms are those of Damer impaling Sackville, for Joseph, 1st Baron Milton (d.1798) and his wife Lady Caroline (d.1775), only surviving daughter of Lionel, 1st Duke of Dorset, whom he married in 1742. He was created Baron Milton in 1753 and Viscount Milton and Earl of Dorchester in 1792. On the death of his son George in 1808 the title became extinct.
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Lot Essay

Joseph, 1st Baron Milton (1718-1798) of Milton Abbey, Dorset, and Shronell, co. Tipperary, was the first son of Joseph Damer, M.P. of Winterbourne Came, Dorset, and his wife Mary, daughter of John Churchill of Henbury, Dorset. He was educated at Trinity, Dublin and married in 1742 Lady Caroline, only surviving daughter of Lionel, 1st Duke of Dorset. They had three sons and one daughter; evidently his wife's death in 1775 caused him to retreat to 'a gloomy and sequestered splendour' at his estates at Milton Abbey where he could enjoy an income of between 15,000 and 30,000 a year, which he appears to have spent mainly on land acquisition. Although M.P. for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, Bramber, and Dorchester between 1741 and 1762 he is not on record as taking much interest until late in life when, as Walpole comments: 'Lord Milton... (who) had appeared nowhere since his wife's death near two years before.... had been in opposition... till the breaking out of the American war, when he had taken up violent animosity to the Americans...'.
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