Maker's mark of Paul Storr
The basket of circular form and on a pierced pedestal foot, the sides formed as interwoven reeded hoops and with rope-twist swing handle. The basket engraved with a coat-of-arms of Hugh, the 3rd Duke of Nothumberland.
Hallmarked under the base with the maker’s mark on the foot.
Diameter: 27cm, 10.75in; weight: 2,028g, 65oz
His Grace The Duke of Northumberland K.G., G,C.V.O., T.D., P.C., Sold Sotheby's, 3 May 1984, lot 101Description
The coat-of-arms are those of Lucy quartering Percy accollé with those of Herbert for Hugh, 3rd Duke of Northumberland (1795-1847). Educated at Eton and St. John's College, Cambridge, he was summoned to the house of Lords as Baron Percy in 1812 and subsequently succeeded his father as Duke of Northumberland in the date of this basket. It is interesting to note that the right hand supporter of the arms is an elephant, the supporter of the bride's father who had recently be elevated to the Earldom of Powis in 1804, rather than a lion rampant, the Duke of Norfolk's supporter. This would almost certainly indicate that it was a wedding present from the bride’s father.
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