A very large George II silver lidded Tankard.
A large George II silver bellied Tankard, London 1755, by Gurney and Cook. The front of the tankard is engraved with a contemporary coat-of-arms: for Richard Rutter of Moor Hall, Cheshire, died 1757. Engraved under the base with a scratch weight: ’43=13′.
Richard Rutter’s daughter, Rebecca, was sole heiress of his estate. She married Peter Kyffin Heron of Daresbury Hall. A painting of Rebecca by Charles Jervas survives and was sold by Christie’s London in 2010, contents of Newton Hall, near Alnwick, by descent to General Peter Heron (1770-1849) of Moor Hall, Cheshire, and to his wife’s great-niece, Cecilia Widdrington who married Shalcross Fitzherbert Widdrington in 1864.
Another, smaller silver tankard of 1723, by Humphrey Payne, was sold in that sale, engraved with the arms of Richard Rutter and with his initials ‘RR’.
General Peter Heron, died 1848, was the only son of Rebecca and Peter Kyffin Heron. He married Catherine, daughter of Robert Gregge-Hopwood of Hopwood Hall, and they had two sons – the Reverend George Heron, and Harry, who followed his father in the army. The bulk of the estate was inherited by George [1805-1894] who became a Canon of Chester Cathedral.
Height – 23.50 cm.; Width – 21.10 cm.; Depth – 14 cm.; Weight – 1343 gms.; Capacity – 2.5 Pints.