1832 Georgian Era Wine Merchant Invoice to E P Bastard MP


A really interesting mounted, framed and glazed Georgian invoice made out to the Honourable Edmund Pollexfen Bastard MP, of Kitley House, in Devon, for 3 dozen Bottles of Superior Old Port (at 44 Shillings per dozen), I quarter Cask of Old Port and 1 dozenth cask of Port.

The total comes to £28 and 8 Shillings (£28.40). The invoice is from William Henry Hawker, Wine Merchant, of Bretonside, Plymouth. The invoice is dated Xmas 1832. It is addressed to E. P. Bastard Esqre. The invoice is on ivory laid paper and is beautifully written and printed in Copperplate script. It came as part of a stock of papers that originated from Kitley House. To put the cost into perspective, we also have the wage sheets of the estate farm workers and the daily wage was a shilling and sixpence (7 ½ pence).

Edmund Pollexfen Bastard (1784 - 1838) was a British Tory politician, son of Edmund Bastard and his wife Jane Pownoll. He married Anne Jane Rodney, granddaughter of Admiral Rodney. He succeeded his father as Member of Parliament (MP) for Dartmouth from 1812 to 1816 when that seat was taken by his younger brother, John Bastard. In the same election Edmund succeeded his uncle, John Pollexfen Bastard, as MP for Devonshire from 1816 to 1830. He was appointed High Sheriff of Devon for 1834.
William Henry Hawker was a wine merchant that created a recipe for Sloe Gin back in the 1790s. The company changed name in the 1830s to James Hawker & Co. Ltd., based in Bretonside, Plymouth, England. The business stayed at this same location for so long that the road became known and was named named Hawker’s Avenue, after the company. Although not trading at this site anymore, the building still exists today. The family business, using William Hawker’s recipe, was the very first company to produce and market a Sloe Gin. Hawker’s became the authority in Sloe Gin and the brand has endured for almost two hundred years.

Nice piece of social history.

Size image: 22 x 26 cm (8 5/8 x 10 ¼ inches)
Size frame: 31.5 x 35.5 x 2 cm (12 3/8 x 14 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 968 g