25 - 26 November 2014
A PAIR OF GEORGE II SILVER SNUFFER-SCISSORS FROM THE WARRINGTON PLATE
MARK OF SIMON PANTIN, LONDON, 1731
Of scissor form, with two loop handles, the box engraved with diaper work band and later with a coat-of-arms below an earl's coronet, marked inside each section, further engraved with scratchweight '4=8'
6 ¼ in. (16.2 cm.) long
gross weight 4 oz. 7 dwt. (134 gr.)
The arms are those of Grey quartering Booth and impaling Bentinck for George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford (1737-1819) and his wife Lady Henrietta Bentinck, daughter of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland whom he married in 1763.
George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington (1675-1758) and then by descent to his daughter
Lady Mary Booth (1704-1772), wife of Harry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford (1715-1768) and then by descent to
George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford (1737-1819) and his wife Lady Henrietta Bentinck (1727-1837) and by descent to
Catherine, Lady Grey (d.1925) and Sir John Foley-Grey 8th Bt. (1893-1938).
Lady Grey and Sir John Foley-Grey; Christie's, London, 20 April 1921, lot 5 (part), (to Tessier, £43.18.5).
Anonymous sale; Phillips, London, 19 November 1999, lot 392.
with J. H. Bourdon-Smith, London. December 1999.
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Recorded in 'The Particular of my Plate and its Weight,' 30 April 1750, revised 1754, as '1 pair chased Candlesticks, Snuffer and Pan.'
J. Lomax and J. Rothwell, Country House Silver from Dunham Massey, London, 2006, p. 172.
Lomax and Rothwell note that these snuffers by Simon Pantin of 1731 were 'later engraved with the arms of the 5th Earl of Stamford' and record them as in an Australian private collection (op cit, p. 210).
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