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GEORGE II ROCOCO PIERCED SILVER BASKET

Henry Bailey, London, 1759

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759

 

A quite fine example, of heavy gauge silver, in excellent condition and with good marks,
the oval shaped basket pierced with alternating side panels of geometric floral and foliate trellis diapering centering

The Marital Arms of Leche and Jones
& The Motto : Spes non fracta (My hope is not broken) (for Leche)

bordered by chased vertical rows of husks,

surrounded by chased floral decoration,

the cast applied rim with rocaille decoration and ribbon tied at the handles;
raised on a rocaille openwork apron above and shell form feet;
the flat swing handle with oval piercing and joined to the body with solid scrolling acanthus leaves;
an inscribed silver plaque verso :

New York Racing Association

The Mother Goose

AQUEDUCT 1966

won by

GOLDEN TRIANGLE STABLES

LADY PITT

 

Condition : Excellent with clear marks all well struck and not pierced through;

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759


one minor reinforcement of one silver joint close to base;

several internal small silver square supports to the apron piercing;

two petals possibly missing from one apron central rose base,

or possibly an asymmetrical rococo design;

very minor light surface scratches

 

Basket : 4-3/8" High / 13-7/8" Wide / 12-1/14" Long / Handle : 12-3/4' High
38.6 oz.

 

PRICE : Please Inquire

 

#7993

 

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759

 

 

Detail, Interior, End

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759

 

Interior Detail, Side

 

 

 

Verso, with New York Racing Association Silver Plaque to Lady Pitt, Aqueduct, 1966

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759. marital arms of Leche and Jones

 

 

The Marital Arms of Leche and Jones


The armorial bearings as engraved upon this

George II English Sterling Silver Rococo Pierced Swing Handled Basket

by Henry Bailey hallmarked London 1759

are those of Leche impaling Jones.

These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter

(the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece)

the arms of the husband and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife.

They may be blazoned as follows:

Arms:
(on the dexter) Ermine on a chief indented or 1 three ducal coronets or (for Leche)

(on the sinister) Gules a lion rampant within a bordure indented or (for Jones)

Crest:

Out of a ducal coronet or a cubit arm proper the hand grasping a snake vert (for Leche)

Motto:

Spes non fracta (My hope is not broken) (for Leche)

 
These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of John Hurleston Leche

(23rd February 1827 died 21st June 1903), of Carden Park and Stretton Hall both in the County of Cheshire,

and his second wife, Eleanor Frances Jones (baptised 8th September 1838 died 7th August 1916).

John and Eleanor were married at the Parish Church of St John, Chester

in the County of Cheshire on the 18th June 1855.

John was the eldest son of John Hurleston Leche, of Carden Park aforesaid

and his wife, Elizabeth Antonia Stokes, whilst Eleanor was the second daughter of Captain Charles Stanhope Jones2,

of Beaumaris in the County of Anglesey and his wife, Elizabeth Eleanor Mary Williams.3

 

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1Here the 'chief' has been blazoned/tinctured as 'or' (gold) whereas most example of the arms of the Leche family arms,

the 'chief' is blazoned/tinctured as 'gules' (red). In the present case this anomaly is most probably down to an error

on the part of the family or of the engraver.

Such errors are not at all uncommon when it comes the engraving of arms or crests on antique silver

2Late of the 58th Regiment of Foot and Adjutant of the Royal Anglesey Militia.
3Elizabeth was the only daughter of John Williams, of Treffos, Co. Anglesey and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Winter Goddard.

 

Heraldry Courtery of John Tunesi of Liongam
MSc, FSA Scot, Hon FHS, QG

 

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George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759, Presented to Lady Pitt, Aqueduct, Mother Goose, 1066

 

Presentation of Mother Goose Trophy, Blood Horse, June 1966, p. 146-7 :

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759, Presented to Lady Pitt, Aqueduct, Mother Goose, 1066

 

 

Lady Pitt was bred by John Greathouse at his Glencrest Farm near Midway, Kentucky.

She was out of the mare Rock Drill, a daughter of the 1941 U.S. Triple Crown champion

and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Whirlaway.

Her sire was Sword Dancer, the 1960 American Horse of the Year and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee.

Owned by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania businessman Thomas A. Eazor,

who raced her under the name of Golden Triangle Stable, Lady Pitt was conditioned for racing by Stephen DiMauro.

At age three, Lady Pitt was the top filly in the United States,

earning American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly honors.

Among her wins were the Mother Goose Stakes, the Delaware Oaks, Astarita Stakes,

and the Coaching Club American Oaks.

She also won the 1966 Alabama Stakes but was disqualified to second place.

Retired to broodmare duty, Lady Pitt produced nine foals. Of these, The Liberal Member (b. 1975),

sired by Bold Reason, won the Grade I Brooklyn Handicap.

Her filly Blitey (b. 1976), by Riva Ridge, was a multiple stakes winner.

 

 

George II Rococo Pierced Silver Cake Basket, Henry Bailey, 1759, Presented to Lady Pitt, Aqueduct, Mother Goose, 1066, marital arms Leche and Jones

 

The Blood Horse, Cover, "Sword Dancer's Daughter, Lady Pitt Wins Mother Goose", June 1966

 

 


 

 

 

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