[CAPTION for color drawing] Bernard Edward Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk, a study for the Coronation of King George IV, by Francis Philip Stephanoff (1788-1860) Courtesy V&A Picture Library
The arms are those of Howard quartered with Brotherton, Warren and Fitzalan, as borne by Bernard Edward (Howard), 12th Duke of Norfolk (1765-1842), who succeeded his cousin in 1815. He became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1812 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1816. By Act of Parliament, June 24, 1824, he and his successors were empowered to exercise the office of Earl Marshall, notwithstanding their adhesion to the Roman Catholic faith. In 1829, he was admitted to his seat in the House of Lords, under the Roman Catholic Relief Bill. The 12th Duke married in 1789 Elizabeth, 3rd daughter of Henry (Belasyse), Earl Fauconberg. The 12th Duke died aged 76 at Norfolk House and was buried at Arundel Castle.
The present service is part of the 12th Duke of Norfolk's extensive dinner service supplied by Rundell's and noted for its richness of decoration and extravagant use of silver. The complete service, with the maker's mark of Paul Storr and hallmarks from 1808 to 1817, was divided between the Duke's grandsons, the 14th Duke and Edward, 1st Baron Howard. Their services, today at Carlton Towers in Yorkshire and at Arundel Castle, comprise six massive soup tureens, four wine coolers, twelve entree dishes, and additional dinner plates and meat dishes.
Further pieces from the original service were sold in the 1960s, including four vegetable dishes, four meat-dish covers, two entree dishes now in the Gilbert collection, a pair of covered meat dishes in the Detroit Institute of Arts, and 24 dinner plates formerly in the Lillian and Morrie Moss Collection. (See Timothy Schroder, The Gilbert Collection of Gold and Silver, 1988, pp. 425-429.)