A late George III sterling silver hot water jug on stand by Paul Storr, London, 1808
The navette-form spout above a carved ivory handle over a spreading body centered by the arms of HEATHCOTE impaling GRESLEY, over a foliate-chased and gadrooned hip, resting on a conforming beaded tripod stand, total gross weight approximately 58oz troy. height 11in (28cm); length 7 1/2in (19cm)
The arms on this piece are for the marriage (16 Aug 1808) of Richard Edensor Heathcote (1780-1850), law-trained industrialist son of Sir John Edensore Heathcote and his cousin, Emma Sophia (1785-1813), daughter of Sir Nigel Gresley, 7th Baronet.
Soon after their marriage, the Heathcotes moved to Condover Hall, in Shrewsbury. Five years later, Emma died giving birth to their third child. In 1815, Richard re-married and moved his family into his childhood home of Longton Hall, Staffordshire. During the decade that followed, the tenacious Richard Heathcote, through the losses of his second wife, Lady Elizabeth Keith Lindsay, his father and two of his children, he also endured wrangling relatives, treacherous employees, litigation and disappointed political ambitions to persevere and step by step acquire the property that would become his new home of Apedale Hall in Staffordshire. There he built himself a magnificent Elizabethan style manor house complete with banqueting hall, while developing a complex of coal mines, iron workings, a canal, foundry, watermills and railway. Richard finally gained the Coventry seat in Parliament in 1826.
At his impressive funeral at home, following his death in Italy while recovering from ill health, tribute was paid to his lifetime accumulating great wealth and his consolidating the Heathcotes as a leading family in their county.
Apedale, once an industrial power house, is today a 454 acre Community Country Park and Heritage Center.
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