Set of five engraved silver plaques in frame
Lot 51
A set of five George III finely engraved silver oval armorial plaques,
Sold for £48,000 (US$ 74,969) inc. premium

Lot Details
A set of five George III finely engraved silver oval armorial plaques,
for H.M.King George III, Admiral Lord Duncan, Admiral Lord St. Vincent, Vice-Admiral Lord Howe and Admiral Lord Nelson, now mounted on velvet backing in gilded and moulded frame, height 10.3cm, width 13.9cm for H.M.King George III plaque, the other four; height 10.9cm., width 8.6cm,

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Captain Humphrey Senhouse, Flag Captain to to Rear Admiral Sir Henry Hitham, Commander of the British Fleet of France, 1815
    Mrs Pocklington Senhouse at Netherhall
    Purchased from the family by the current owner.

    Royal Arms of H.M.King George III
    A quartered shield for.
    1. England impaling Scotland
    2. France
    3. Ireland
    4. Hanover;
    environed by the Garter and surmounted by the helm and crest of Sovereign of Great Britain and Ireland. The achievement is complimented by the Royal Supporters and motto DIEU ET MON DROIT and the helm of the Sovereign.
    In this form the Royal Arms were used from the accession of George I in 1714 until 1st January 1801 on which date the title "King of France" was finally dropped.

    The Arms of Horatio Nelson. Nile August 1798 VANGUARD
    Horatio, first Baron Nelson, K.B. (1758-1805)
    Rear-admiral Sir Horatio Nelson was created Baron Nelson of the Nile on the 6th November 1798, and later advanced to a Viscounty in 1801.
    The arms are blazoned Or a cross flory Sable, a bend Gules surmounted by another engrailed of a field charged with three bombs fired proper. On a chief of honourable augmentation undulated argent waves of the sea from which a palm tree issuant between a disabled ship on the dexter and a battery in ruins on the sinister all proper.
    The shield is environed by the Riband of the order of the Bath.
    Crest (of honourable augmenation): On a naval crown Or the chelengk or plume of triumph presented to Lord Nelson by the Grand Signior, Selim III.
    Dexter supporter - A sailor, the right hand supporting a staff thereon hoisted a commodore's flag Gules and in his left hand a palm branch proper.
    Sinister:- A lion rampant reguardant in his mouth two broken flagstaffs: flowing from one a Spanish flag Or and Gules and from the other a tri-coloured flag: in his dexter paw a palm branch proper.
    Motto: PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT (Let him who has earned it bear the crown). These words quoting from the Lusus Poetici by Archdeacon the Ven. John Jortin, DD, were applied to Nelson by Lord Grenville.

    The Shield of Admiral Duncan, Camperdown 11th october 1797, VENERABLE.
    Admiral Adam, first Viscount Duncan of Camperdown (1731-1804) was was C-in-C the North Sea 1795-1801. His flagship was HMS Venerable.
    The shield is Gules with a represenation of the gold medal confered upon the first Viscount by George III, ensigned with a naval crown and subscribed CAMPERDOWN between two cinquefoils and a buglehorn. Crest: A dismasted ship below the motto DISC PATI (Learn to endure).
    The shield is ensigned by the coronet of a viscount, which dignity was conferred on 17th October 1797.
    It stands between supporters and is surrounded by the sash and order of Saint Alexander Nevski of Russia which was conferred on Admiral Duncan because of the assistance given by Russian ships in the siege of Camperdown.
    The motto SECUNDUS DUBIISQUE RECTUS (Upright both in posterity and in perils)
    Dexter Supporter: A female figure, winged, crowned with a celestial crown, a scarf across her garments, resting her exterior hand on an anchor, her interior hand holding a palm branch.
    Sinister: A sailor holding in the exterior hand a union flag, the tri-coloured flag wrapped around the staff.

    The Arms of Admiral Sir John Jervis, St Vincent February 14th VICTORY.
    Admiral Sir John Jervis, first Earl of St.Vincent (1735-1823).
    The shield Sable a chevron Ermine between three martlets Argent ensigned by the coronet of an early Dignity (granted to Admiral Sir John Jervis KB on 23 June 1797) and supported by an eagle and pegasus. Above the coronet is the crest of a demi-pegasus arising from a mural crown.
    The motto THUS is said to be a greaceful and seamanlike allusion implying perfect rectitude. It was the direction given by the quatermaster to the steersman when the ship was going in a perfectly correct course.

    The Shield of Vice-admiral Howe, Ushant June 1 1794, QUEEN CHARLOTTE.
    Vice-admiral of England Richard, First Earl Howe 1726-1799.
    The shield is blazoned
    1 + 4. Or a fess between 3 wolf heads Sable.
    2. Azure a bend Or (for SCROPE),
    3. Argent a saltire Gules

    It is ensigned by the coronet of an earl (Lord Howe was advanced from a viscounty to an earldom 19 August 1788) and the crest of a plume of five Ostrich feathers arising from a ducal coronet. The shield is supported by two unspecified long-legged and long-billed birds standing on an escol inscribed with the motto UT CUNQUE PLACUERIT DEO (However it shall have pleased God).
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