Set of 12 Antique Silver Dinner Plates
Set of 12 Antique Silver Dinner Plates

Set of 12 Antique Silver Dinner Plates belonging to a Prime Minister made in 1808


An impressive set of 12 sterling silver dinner plates with applied gadroon rims. Each plate is engraved with the crest of George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen. Hamilton-Gordon was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1852 until 1855.

Date 1808
Made By William Burwash & Richard Sibley
Location London
Stock Number W214x34
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Maker: William Burwash & Richard Sibley

An impressive set of 12 antique sterling silver dinner plates with applied gadroon rims. Each plate is engraved with the crest of George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen.

The plates are made by Burwash & Sibley of London in 1808. This is the same year that George Hamilton-Gordon was created a Knight of the Thistle.

The plates, along with his crest, are engraved with the order of the thistle. They are all engraved with numbers and original scratch weights, indicating that these 12 were from a larger set.

They are all in very fine condition.

Dimensions: 24.64 cm; weight 222.00 troy oz.

George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784 – 1860) – styled Lord Haddo from 1791 to 1801 – was a British politician, diplomat and landowner, successively a Tory, Conservative and Peelite, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1852 until 1855.

Aberdeen’s career was dominated by foreign policy, but his experience did not prevent the slide towards the Crimean War. His personal life was marked by the loss of both parents by the time he was 11, and of his first wife after only seven years of a happy marriage. His daughters died young, and his relations with his sons were difficult.

Before his marriage, he travelled extensively in Europe, including Greece, and he had a serious interest in the classical civilisations and their archaeology. On his return to Britain in 1805, he devoted much time and energy to improving conditions on his Scottish estates. In 1808, he was created a Knight of the Thistle.

After the death of his wife in 1812 he became a diplomat, almost immediately being given the important embassy to Vienna while still in his twenties.

His rise in politics was equally rapid. His experience led to his appointment as Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister between 1852 and 1855.

Lord Aberdeen had one son and three daughters, all of whom predeceased their father, with his first wife Catherine. In July 1815, he married Harriet – his first wife’s sister-in law. They had four sons and one daughter. The Countess of Aberdeen died in August 1833. Lord Aberdeen died at Argyll House, St. James’s, London, on 14 December 1860, and was buried in the family vault at Stanmore.

William Burwash & Richard Sibley

William Burwash & Richard Sibley registered their partnership mark on 7 October 1805.

Arthur Grimwade in London Goldsmiths 1697-1837: Their Marks & Lives, asserts that Sibley’s work “whether alone or in partnership is of a high standard of design and execution in a restrained key of Regency taste”.

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