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John Crouch II An Ornate George III Tray

London, 1809
Maker’s mark of John Crouch

Length over handles: 80 cm, 31 ½ in.
Weight: 6,530 gr, 210 oz. 5 dwt.

The arms are those of Brownlow.

Silversmith Biography

Son of John Crouch of Giltspur Street London Citizen and Goldsmith, apprenticed to his father 6 January 1790. Free, 1 February 1797. Mark entered, as a junior partner with Thomas Hannam, 13 April 1799. Address: 37 Monkwell Street. Second mark alone, presumably on death or retirement of Hannam, 11 February 1808, same address. Livery, March 1829. Died January 1837


Of shaped oval form, with a gadrooned shell and palmette border and lion mask moulded handles, on palmette and wheat motif bracket feet, engraved with a large armorial and inscribed ‘Opera Illius Mea Sunt’.

The arms are that of Brownlow as borne by Sir Richard Cust, 2nd Baron Brownlow, later 1st Earl Brownlow. The Brownlow family had a magnificent collection of silver, some of which was sold by Christie's, London, May 29, 1963 from Belton House, Grantham.

The engraving is attributed to Walter Jackson, apprenticed to John Thompson of Gutter Lane, who became free in 1801 and worked for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. In 1815, he took an apprentice Samuel Jackson, possibly a nephew, who became free in 1822 and continued the business. Walter became a liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1824 and died in 1834 (see Charles Oman, English Engraved Silver 1150-1900).

An Ornate George III Tray Reference: DT22.10.5