1807 Sterling Silver Dinner Meat Cover with Bastard Family Crest


A rare and very fine quality and stunning looking George III large and heavy Sterling silver (925) Dinner Table Meat Cover or Cloche in very good condition.

The Cover has a plain domed shape, with a gadroon border. The handle is a cast silver vine scroll which is held on by 2 nuts. The cover is hallmarked by the London Assay Office, with the date stamp for 1807 and the partial maker’s mark of William Fountain of London. The cover has two impressive engraved crests, on either side. One is the Georgian Royal coat of arms, flanked with the lion and unicorn. The other is the coat of arms for the Bastard family of Kitley, in Devon, from where the cover originates.

The Bastards have some claim to be one of the oldest Devon families. They have been seated at Kitley House since 1710, but their lineage as Devon gentry goes back a good deal further, and they may be descended from the Robert Bastard, apparently a companion of William the Conqueror, who appears in Domesday Book as possessed of ten manors in south Devon in 1086. In 1807, when the cover was made, Kitley House, near Plymouth, belonged to John Pollexfen Bastard (1756-1816) was a British Tory politician (MP for Truro), landowner and colonel of the East Devon Militia.

William Fountain, of Poplar in the County of Middlesex, apprenticed in 1777 to Fendall Rushworth of Goldsmith's Hall, then to Daniel Smith of Aldermanbury. His mark entered as plateworker, in partnership with Daniel Pontifex, 29 July 1791. Adss: 13 Hosher (Hosier) Lane, West Smithfield. Second mark alone, 1 September 1794. Address: 47 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell. Third mark 30 June 1798. Moved to King Street, Clerkenwell, 1 April 1811. Fourth mark, 5 February 1821. Address: Harford Place, Haggerston Bridge. A fine quality Silversmith.

Size: 37 x 28.5 x 24 cm (14 ½ x 11 ¼ x 9 ½ inches)
Weight: 2951 g