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Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, George Methuen,     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11227
Period: George III
Year: 1761
Silversmith: George Methuen
Place: London
Price: $ 1 800.00
Weight: 517 grams
Dimensions: 23.7 cm diameter
Condition: Very good, 7 mm scratch just to right of armorial. Very small dent to base, barely noticeable.

Description: A fabulous quality Georgian silver dinner plate or dish, in the traditional shape with applied gadroon border and contemporary family armorial and Royal coronet indicating a son of the Sovereign. The armorial is the Marital arms of Evans-Freke and Gore, the Royal Cypher is for HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. Whilst these are called plates, it is more of a dish or bowl in shape, and is the smaller diameter, so probably used for a starter dish - but very suitable for use as a bowl today. It must have belonged to a large set, as the base is engraved "No 64", along with 18.10. The hallmarks are clear, the makers mark has been partially double struck with a partial repeated G and pellet above, but still clearly Grimwade mark 852 for George Methuen. He was freed as a large worker in 1743, he worked until 1761, so this dish was produced in his last year of work. Grimwade notes his principal output was salvers, dinner plates and dishes, and notes "his work shows a high standard of design and finish, it is curious he seems such an elusive figure" (page 596, London Goldsmiths 1697-1837). This armorial shows a marriage of a Father or Son of the Evans-Freke family to a daughter of the Gore family, 2 candidates are possible. 1. Sir John Evans Freke, 1st Baronet Castle Freke, Cork, Ireland, also Baron Carbery (1742-1777), married Lady Elizabeth Gore 1764, (daughter of 1st Earl of Arran). 2. Sir John Evans-Freke, (1765-1845) 6th Baron Carbery, married Lady Catherine Gore in 1783. Prince Augustus Frederick (1773-1843) was the sixth son of King George III, his second wife was Lady Cecilia Buggin (nee Gore), Duchess of Inverness, the daughter of the 2nd Earl of Arran - which explains why his Royal cypher is on a plate with Evans-Freke / Gore armorial. Note - this plate is accompanied by a heraldic report dated July 2020 confirming the armorial and Royal cypher identification, and includes additional family history.
Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,  George Methuen,
Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, George Methuen

Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,  George Methuen,
Evans-Freke, Gore Family Engraved armorial

Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,  George Methuen,
HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, Engraved crest

Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,  George Methuen,
Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish

Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,  George Methuen,
Gadrooned silver edge

Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,  George Methuen,
George Methuen London 1761 silver hallmarks

Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, HRH Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,  George Methuen,
Georgian Sterling Silver Dinner Plate/Dish - Evans-Freke, Gore, scale

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