12 June 2007
A GEORGE II SILVER-GILT MOUNTED EBONISED BATON
MAKERS MARK R.G.
Each band chased with flutes, scrolls, shells and foliage, one terminal engraved with the Royal Arms, the other with a second coat-of-arms within a Rococo cartouche, marked with makers mark only on each band
30 in. (77 cm.) long
The Royal arms are those of George I and George II. The second arms are those of Medows. Between George I's accession to the throne in 1714 and the new Royal arms in 1801 there are several members of the Medows family who held office with which the baton might be associated. The most probable candidate is Sir Philip Medows (d.1757), Knight Marshall of the Marshalsea Court in Southwark, or his son Sidney (d.1792) who succeeded him in the post. They are both listed as having held this post in the College of Arms pedigree of Earl Manvers, a nephew of Sidney Medows.
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