PAIR GEORGE IV MELON FORM OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE WINE COOLERS
England, c1820-30, crested for Earl of Leicester
Of quite heavy weight, each ovoid melon-lobed body raised on a quatrefoil lobed foliate cast and chased base, and
sided by two up-curving stem form handles issuing from acanthus leaves, below a straight neck crested on each side;
the removable collar with cast floral and foliate rim above a tinned interior with a separate liner which is silvered on
the interior and set on a raised ring; the crest, an ostrich on a chapeau, in mouth a horseshoe
(Earl of Leicester - dating is contemporary with Thomas William Coke - see below)
Condition: Excellent, with several areas of expected light bleed at the high points of the vertical ribbing; several minor
silver reinforcements to ribbing at the seam joins
10.5" High x 10.5" Wide over Handles
Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (6 May 1754 – 30 June 1842) became famous for his advanced
methods of animal husbandry used in improving his estate at Holkham in Norfolk. As a result, Coke of Norfolk is seen
as one of the instigators of the British Agricultural Revolution.
Thomas Coke's efforts to improve the Holkham Hall estate became a marathon project which began in 1776 and
lasted until his death in 1842. People interested in farming were said to flock to annual three-day gatherings at
Holkham at sheep-shearing time – the so-called Holkham Clippings – from all over Britain and from overseas.
Coke's Clippings were the fore-runners of today's agricultural shows. He is particularly credited with improvements to
animal breeding and husbandry relating to cattle, sheep and pigs.
For most of his life, he was happy to remain plain Mr Coke: it is said that he had been offered a peerage seven times by
six different Prime Ministers - sometimes by Whigs as a reward and at others by Tories as a bribe. Often celebrated by the title
Coke of Norfolk, Coke was eventually ennobled by Queen Victoria in 1837, accepting a new Earldom of Leicester so
that the sons of his second marriage might inherit his title, and was created Viscount Coke and Earl of Leicester,
of Holkham in the County of Norfolk.
Lord Leicester died at Longford Hall, Derbyshire.
Also see :
T & J Creswick, c1820
Robert Makepeace & Richard Carter,
London, 1776, crested for the Earl of Leicester
(an ostrich on a chapeau, in mouth a horseshoe)
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George IV Old Sheffield Plate Melon Form Wine Coolers, England, c1820, each bearing the crest of the Earl of Leicester