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The 1st Earl of Lonsdale's Lion Mask Dishes made in London in 1813 by Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard.

These very unusual George III Dishes are modelled in a most unusual design and stand on an oval pedestal foot decorated with a band of acanthus spears. The shaped oval main body rises to a gadrooned rim and displays a wide band of lobing on the lower section of the main body. Each end also displays a detailed lion mask moulding, from which a carrying ring is suspended. The interiors display original gilding and each is fully marked on the foot. The quality of design and production is, again, exceptional. The front of the main body is engraved with a contemporary Crest, surrounded by a cartouche engraved with 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. All were, sadly, dispersed decades ago.

Height: 2.5 inches, 6.25cm.
Length: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm.
Width: 3.25 inches, 8.13cm.
Weight: 24oz the set.


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