George IV Cased Set of Twelve Irish Silver Fruit Knives. All handles have the identical crest for Richard Trench, 2nd Earl of Clancarty (1767 - 1837). Housed within a fitted wooden case with a red velvet interior. The blades and handles are all hallmarked silver.
The Earl was a politician and diplomat, serving as Ambassador to the Netherlands. Following the defeat of Napoleon he was created Marquess of Heusden by William I of the Netherlands. He was created Baron Trench in 1815 and took his seat in the House of Lords. He was created Viscount Clancarty in 1823. He also served as Postmaster General of Ireland and later the United Kingdom.
The twelve blades are hallmarked Irish silver for Dublin 1825 (1) and 1826 (11) by Stephen Bergin. Eight handles have the makers mark of Stephen Bergin with Irish silver marks, three handles have English silver marks and one handle has Irish silver marks without the makers mark.
This set is in very good condition and ready to use. Two knives with silver repair bars to the handles. Light pressure marks to the handles. The blades are in excellent order, as is the case.
Approximate total cased weight is 1.436 kilos.
Approximate case dimensions are 34 cm length, 14 cm width and 4 cm height.