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S.J. Shrubsole

Thomas Heming

A Pair of Royal George III Antique English Silver Candelabra

Given by King George III to the Earl of Jersey as a christening gift.

Height: 14 1/4"


Engraved several times with the royal arms as borne by George III and another coat of arms and earl's coronet.

The second coat of arms are those of Villiers, Earls of Jersey, for George Bussy Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey (1735-1805), who succeeded to the title upon the death of his father in 1769. He married Frances, daughter of the Rt. Rev. Philip Twysden, Bishop of Raphoe, on March 26, 1770, by whom he had several children, the eldest of whom, George, was born on August 19, 1773, and succeeded as 5th Earl of Jersey.

These candelabra were a gift from George III to the Earl of Jersey upon the christening of the latter's aforementioned son and heir, George (1773-1859). A record of this gift, together with a pair of snuffers and pan, survives in the Jewel Office Accounts and Receipt book, 1767-1782, as follows:

"Itm. Rec'ed one pair of gilt Candlesticks and Branches and Nozzles and one pair of Snuffers and Pan wt. 130oz 7dwt at [£]10 3d per oz [Total] [£]66 16[s] 2[d]".

(National Archives LC 9/49)

They are also recorded in the Jewel Office Delivery Book, 1732-1796, as follows:

"June 14th [1774] Delivered to the right honourable the Earl of Jersey as a Gift from His Majesty at the Christening of his Child.Impris one pair of Candlesticks and Branches gilt wt. 119[oz]7[dwt]Itm one pair of snuffers and Pan gilt wt. 11[oz]John Webb for The Earl of Jersey

(National Archives, LC9/45)