Lot 464 (Jewellery and Silver, 21st November 2017)

A Scandinavian silver tankard and cover maker's mark 'K'

A Scandinavian silver tankard and cover
maker's mark 'K', probably for Christian Johansen Kruse, Trondheim, C. 1674,
cylindrical on three pomegranate feet, the hinged cover engraved a contemporary armorial, between SC R*K PDH and 1674, further, engraved to the front with later presentation inscription, the handle with pomegranate thumbpiece, marked below the base with maker's mark only,
13cm high, 11oz

The inscription reads:
Presented at Trondhjem
by
H.R.H the Prince of, Wales
to
Commander W.H. Fawkes
sailed Belle Lurette
winner Bembridge Regatta
August 1885
Admiral Sir Wilmot Hawksworth Fawkes, GCB, KCVO (22 December 1846-29 May 1926), was a Royal Navy officer, who commanded the Royal Yacht Osborne, and became, Private Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty in 1897. His last post was as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, 1908. The tankard was presented by The Prince of Wales, who would become Edward VII in 1902. In 1899 Fawkes became Aide-de-Camp, to Queen Victoria. He was awarded Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by King Edward VII on 11 August 1902 for his role in helping to organise, the fleet review for the coronation of the King, 1902.

See eleven letters addressed to the admiral, by royalty, sold Sworders, 26 September 2017. The letters demonstrate the continuous relationship that Fawkes held with royalty. One letter dated November 6th, 1908, is addressed to Fawkes from Prince George, who thanks the admiral for interviewing, a young Prince Albert to become a cadet of the Royal Navy, for which he was President. The intimate letter reads: 'I am sorry that in spite of all you did, you were unable to put him at his ease, he has always been rather shy, but I think it is, better than being too forward, which many boys are in our days'.

The Admiral is a descendant of The Fawkes of Farnely Hall, Otley, and Hawksworth Hall, Yorks.

The father of Guye Fawkes, the gunpowder plot conspirator, was a descendant of the, Fawkes family in Farnely.

J M W Turner was a close friend of Walter Ramsden Hawkesworth Fawkes, a Yorkshire MP (2 March 1769-24 October 1825), which enabled him to build a significant collection of Turner’s works. Turner stayed at Farnely on, numerous occasions. His oil painting ‘Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps’, 1812, is said to have been inspired by a storm he experienced on one visit to Farnely.

Sold for £4,000


Condition report

The cover with dents to the border. The contemporary engraving is good. The hinge is loose and could be tightened. The lid closes evenly. There are some dents and dings to the lower half of the tankard. Two of the pomegranate feet are slightly, pressed into the body. Overall marks and scratches of use commensurate with age.