The arms are those of Floyer although painted in the wrong tinctures, correctly they should depict: Sable â chevron between three arrows argent; with crest, A stag's head erased or holding in the mouth an arrow proper; accollé with arms which, if of the correct tinctures, are of Gaspar, Azure with a crescent and star or, but which may be of Denzil, Holland, Minshull or Moulson if of other tinctures.
These arms were borne by the Floyers of Floyers Hayes in Devon and by descended brothers in Dorset, Somerset and Co. Lincoln, but in a detailed pedigree in Vivian's Visitations there is no mention of a marriage to any of the families mentioned (although the Minshull family were of Exeter in Devon).
It would seem more likely that this service with British arms, although in the exact style of East India Company arms, may have Continental connections because the arms are (unusually) accollé. It is also possible that the service may be for a close relative of William Floyers, 4th mate on the East Indiaman Nassau in 1738, who died the following year. Possibly, too, for a relative of Sir John Floyer (1649-1734), a prominent physician who published early works on asthma and was the first person to make regular examination of the pulse.
We are grateful to Mrs. Angela Howard for her assistance with these arms, which will be published soon in Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. III.