The arms are those of Butler enclosed by the order of St. Patrick accolé with the same arms of those of Price-Clarke on an escutcheon of pretence, for Walter Butler, 18th Earl of Ormonde (1770-1820). In 1805 he married Anna Maria Chaterine, only daughter and heir of Job Hart Price-Clarke of Sutton Hall, Derbyshire. She died in 1817 at age 28, and the Earl, who died 3 years later, never remarried. His brother James succeeded him.
The Earl was known to be "as engaging a person, as many manly qualities, and to the full as much intellectual promise, as any young man of his country." Unfortunately, his qualities were "either blunted by dissipation or absorbed in the licentious influence of a fashionable connection." (Complete Peerage) The Earl was M.P. for co. Kilkenny from 1790-1795, and Governor from 1796 until his death. He was a Lord of the Bedchamber from 1812-1813.
Silver in the Ormonde service is distinguished by the heraldic crest finial, part-fluted bodies and architectural shell and scroll feet. A soup tureen on stand from the Ormonde service sold in these Rooms, October 18, 1994, lot 331; the matching one sold in these Rooms, October 21, 1993, lot 455. A pair of wine coolers from the same service sold in the same sale, lot 456. Another similar tureen from the service sold in these Rooms, April 18, 1989, lot 428. A pair of entree dishes and covers on plated stands sold at Sotheby's, New York, October 21, 1998, lot 215 from the collection of Francis E. Fowler III. One of the finest groups of silver from the Marquess of Ormonde's Collection was allocated to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton by the English government in 1982. Other pieces from the Ormonde Service are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Bowes Castle Museum, Northumberland.