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William Bateman (1774 - Stoke Newington 1850) The Duchess of St Albans’ Wine Coolers

Silver London, 1823 Maker’s mark of William Bateman
Bearing the coronet and monogram for Harriot the Duchess of St Albans

Height: 24cm, 9.4in Weight: 6,897.9g, 221oz 16dwt

Silversmith Biography

Second son of Jonathan and Ann Bateman and grandson of Hester. Born 17 December 1774. Apprenticed 7 January 1789 to his father and turned over on the latter's death to his mother 6 July 1791. Free by service, 6 February 1799. First mark entered in partnership with Peter and Ann, January 1800. Address: Bunhill Row. Second mark with Peter, 8 November 1805. Third mark alone (two sizes), 15 February 1815. Address 108 Bunhill Row. Married Ann Wilson, 1800, at St. Matthew's, Friday Street, by whom he had three sons, William (q.v.), Henry and Josiah. William was apprenticed to him 1815, Henry 1816 (the latter turned over 1817 to Thomas Hacker timber merchant), and Josiah 1817. Livery, 1816. Court, 1828. Warden 1833-5. Prime Warden, 1836. Warden 1847-9. Sold the family business to Ben Car. 1840, having twenty years earlier entered the gas business. A Proprietor of the Chartered Gas, Light and Coke Company 1821, Director 1823, Deputy Governor 1840 and Governor 1846. Commissioner of Sewers for the Holborn and Finsbury Division. Died at Stoke, Newington, January 1850. Subject of a lengthy and eulogistic obituary in "The Journal Of Gas And Lighting", 2 February 1850.


The wine coolers on four lion-paw feet terminating in acanthus and double shells. The handles also cast with acanthus and shell decoration the border with gadrooned decoration.

The Duchess of St Albans’ Wine Coolers (1774 - Stoke Newington 1850) Reference: dt20.31.10