14 June 2006
A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER-GILT WINE-COASTERS
MARK OF DIGBY SCOTT AND BENJAMIN SMITH, LONDON, 1803
Circular and with cast and chased openwork fruiting grapevine sides and plain rims, the bases engraved with two crests, each with wood base, marked on bottom rim, further engraved 'RUNDELL BRIDGE & RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS FECERUNT LONDINI'
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diameter
gross weight 39 oz. (1,225 gr.)
The crests are those of Braithwaite and Boughton, for General Sir George Charles Braithwaite Boughton 2nd Bt. (1762-1809). Sir George was the only son of Major General Sir John Braithwaite (1739-1803), who was created a baronet on 18 December 1802. However, he died less than a year later in August 1803, whereupon the title was inherited by his son. General Sir George Charles Braithwaite Boughton had taken the name and arms of Boughton, retaining Braithwaite as a christian name, after his marriage in 1801 to Eliza, illegitimate daughter of Sir Edward Boughton Bt. of Poston Court, co. Hereford. He was authorized to assume the name and arms of Boughton by Royal Licence in compliance of the will of his bride's father. The marriage was childless and, following the death of General Boughton in his quarters at Fort William on 26 January 1809, the title became extinct. (2)
Regularly used, along with other gold and silver-gilt, on the sideboard in the Dining-Room of the Private Apartment of H.R.H. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon at Kensington Palace.
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