SOLD - A Pair of George III Antique English Silver Wine Coolers
Each of half-lobed urn form on stepped foot, with two reeded ring handles over lion masks, removable rim and liner, engraved with lion passant crest and Earl's coronet, one liner by William Burwash, London 1820.
The crest and coronet are those of Thomas Bruce (1729-1814), the Earl of Ailesbury and an important courtier during the reign of George III. He was born Thomas Brudenell, the youngest son of George Brudenell, 3rd Earl of Cardigan and Lady Elizabeth Bruce, daughter of Thomas Bruce, 3rd Earl of Elgin. He was the younger brother of George Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, James Brudenell, 5th Earl of Cardigan and the Honourable Robert Brudenell. He was educated at Winchester College. In 1747, aged 17, he succeeded his uncle, the 4th Earl of Elgin and 3rd and last Earl of Ailesbury, as 2nd Baron Bruce of Tottenham according to a special remainder in the letters patent. In 1767 he assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Bruce. Lord Bruce served as a Lord of the Bedchamber to King George III, and as Governor to the Prince of Wales and Prince Frederick. In 1776 he was created Earl of Ailesbury, in the County of Buckingham, a revival of the earldom which had become extinct on his uncle's death. He subsequently served as Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire from 1780 to 1782, as Lord Chamberlain to Queen Charlotte from 1780 to 1792, and as Treasurer to Queen Charlotte from 1792 to 1814. In 1786 he was made a Knight of the Order of the Thistle.
|Weight||4 dwt 158 oz.|