George III Old Sheffield Plate Armorial Wine Ewer, circa 1770 - 1780. Raised on a square base with four bun feet. Features a wicker handle and beaded detail. The slightly domed cover with an ornate finial.
The armorial of two stags either side of shields has the motto PUBLICA SALUS MEA MERCES (the public security is my reward). These arms commemorate the marriage of Sir John Dick (1721- 1804) and Anne Bragg (1720 - 1781). Sir John was originally a merchant based in Rotterdam. He served as the British Consul at Leghorn (Livorno) from 1754 until 1776, when he returned to England and took up residence at Mount Clare House, Roehampton, Surrey. For his services as Consul he was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. Anna by the Russian Empress Catherine II. He also claimed the Baronetcy of Dick of Braid in the County of Midlothian. A heraldry report accompanies this item.
In excellent order with light surface wear. The underside of the base has two drilled holes.
Approximate dimensions are 30 cm height, 15 cm length and 10.5 cm depth.
Approximate weight is 755 grams.