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From the 1st Earl of Lonsdale's Paul Storr Dinner Service. An exceptionally fine & unusual pair of George III Plates made in London in 1809 by Paul Storr.

The Plates have a shaped rim which is very unusually decorated with a reed and tie border interspersed with vine leaves and cascading grapes. The Plates are in excellent condition and are very well marked. The border is engraved with a contemporary Crest surrounded by the Motto of the Order of the Garter, all surmounted by the Coronet of an Earl.

The Crest and Coronet are those of Sir William Lowther, 2nd Baronet and 1st Earl of Lonsdale, created 1807. In the same year he was created a Garter Knight, hence the Motto of the Order of the Garter, surrounding the Crest, which was the personal gift of the Monarch. He was born in 1757, M.P. for Carlisle 1780-1784, Cumberland and latterly, for the county of Rutland. Lieutenant Colonel in 1800, Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland and Westmorland 1802-44. In 1781 he married Augusta, daughter of the 9th Earl of Westmorland. He died in 1844. An image of the 1st Earl is attached and also his seat, the magnificent Lowther Castle in Cumbria.

The Earl was an exceedingly wealthy man, both from the size of his vast estates and the huge production of coal on some of them. Some accounts state that he was the richest Peer in the country. He certainly liked his silver and, unlike even the Prince Regent, he had no fewer than four complete silver dinner services, one for each of his principal residences. These Plates would have come from the one made by the great Paul Storr, now sadly dispersed.

Diameter: 10.5 inches, 26.25cm.
Weight: 52oz, the pair.


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