A pair of George IV large entree dishes and covers,
of rounded oblong form with borders of gadrooning interspersed with shell motifs and decorated at each corner with foliate shells, the domed covers with detachable cast rampant lion cast finials, engraved on each side with a coat of arms * by Samuel & Charles Young, Walker, Kitchen & Co, Sheffield 1820 - 34cm x 27cm, 170oz.
* The arms are a variation of Phillips impaling Molyneux quartering Dowdall. The heraldic evidence suggests that the entree dishes were made for Thomas (later Sir Thomas) Phillips of Middle Hill, Worcestershire, shortly after his marriage at Charlton Kings on 23rd February 1819 to Harriet, illegitimate daughter of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Molyneux. Sir Thomas Phillips was himself illegitimate and an illegitimate child does not have any right to his father's arms. He had a grant of arms on 1st August 1821 which is registered here under the reference Grant's vol.33,53. This might be blasoned as Sable semy of fleur-de-lys or a lion rampant Argent ducally crowned or holding in the dexter forepaw a sword erect pommel and hilt gold within a bordure wavy or. This is illustrated in Burke's Peerage of 1861. After 1821 Sir Thomas Phillips would therefore have used the arms within a bordure and the lion would be holding a sword. In fact, in 1857, (Grant's 52,257) he had a grant of arms which omitted the fleur-de-lys. The heraldic evidence does therefore fit with the object being engraved in 1820 at the time that it was made, as after 1821 the arms of Sir Thomas Phillips would appear within a wavy bordure which was granted to him in 1821.
PHILLIPS, Sir THOMAS, (1792-1782)
Baronet, antiquary, and bibliophile, born at 32 Cannon Street, Manchester, on 2 July 1792, came of a family long settled at Broadway, Worcestershire . He was baptised at the collegiate church, (now the cathedral) of Manchester, where the entry runs '1792, July 22, Thomas Phillips, son of Hanna Walton'. His father, Thomas Phillips, son of William Phillips was born in 1742, was a magistrate for Worcestershire, and was appointed high sheriff for the county in 1801. A man of considerable culture, he aquired a large property around Broadway, including the Child's Wickham, Buckland, and Middle Hill estates. Sir Thomas succeeded to the whole of the property on the death of his father in 1818.
Dictionary of National Biography. (2)