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A Set of Twelve Irish George III Silver Dinner Plates
Robert Calderwood, Dublin, Circa 1762
each having an undulating gadrooned rim and engraved with a contemporary coat of arms, the arms of Gore impaling Connolly for Sir Ralph Gore, further engraved with later stag crests and coronets, one plate made by unknown maker T.J., London, 1768.
marked on underside
195 ozt 3 dwts
Diameter 9 1/4 inches.
Estimate $ 8,000-12,000
Sir Ralph Gore, 6th Bart, and first and last Earl of Ross of Manor Gore, County Donegal, was born in 1725. He was a distinguished officer, badly wounded in 1745 at the Battle of Fontenoy and commander of a battalion at the battle of Lafeldt in 1747.
He received the thanks of the Duke of Cumberland after the battle of Lafeldt, and subsequently represented County Donegal in Parliament, being raised to the peerage in 1764 as Baron Gore. In 1768 he was advanced to the Vicountcy of Belleisle and created Earl of Ross in 1772.
In 1788, as a Lieutenant General he was appointed Commander in Chief in Ireland. He married first in 1754 Catherine, daughter of Thomas Connolly. He married second Alice, daughter of Nathaniel Clements, who bore one son who predeceased him. Sir Ralph died in 1802 when his peerages became extinct but the baronetcy devolved upon his nephew.
The stag crest and coronet are those of Sir Thomas Roe, Lord Roe of the borough of Derby, so created in 1917. Sir Thomas was born in 1832 at Derby, entered his father's firm Messrs Roe & Son., Ltd. and was elected a member of Derby Corporation in 1858, a position he retained for the rest of his life. He had a long political career in Derby and was knighted in 1894. He married Emily, daughter of Matthew Kirtley, and died in 1923. As there is no familiar connection between the Gores and Lord Roe, it can be assumed that Roe purchased the plates on the antiquarian market.
Plates in overall good condition.
Light to moderate surface scratches throughout consistent with polishing and use. Heavier scratching to center of plate from knife use. Seven plates with R.C hallmarks but no date mark, four with date marks and the later example with London marks. Additional photos available upon request.
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