Fine pair armorial George I silver salvers London 1726 Edward Cornock
This quality pair of square armorial George I silver trays were made in London in 1726 by Edward Cornock and measure 5.75 inches square and each stand on 4 curved feet and have a central coat of arms and are fully and clearly hallmarked under the base and in superb condition weighing 14 ounces or 437 grams, a lovely quality pair of salvers.
The Marital Arms of Cayley and an Unknown Family
The arms as engraved upon this Pair of George I English Sterling Silver Square Footed Salvers by Edward Cornock hallmarked London 1726 are those of the family of Cayley impaling those of an unknown family. These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter (the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of the husband and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife. They may be blazoned as follows:
(on the dexter) Quarterly argent and sable on a bend gules three mullets of the first a crescent for difference (for Cayley)
(on the sinister) Argent a fleur-de-lis between two trefoils slipped (��?……) between three roses (��?��) barded and seeded proper (for ����?)
These armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of second son (as evidenced by the use of a crescent as a mark of cadency) of the Cayley family to a daughter. Sadly, there is a dearth of information found within the published pedigrees of the Cayleys which does not allow for an exact identification of the couple concerned. The Cayleys were created Baronets of Brompton in the County of Yorkshire within the Baronetage of England on the 26th April 1661. Given the date of manufacture of this pair of salvers, there is a likelihood that the gentleman whose arms appear as those of the husband upon this pair of salvers may have been the second son of Simon Cayley who was the seventh son of Sir Wiliam Cayley, the 2nd Baronet of Brompton and his wife, Mary Holbech. Simon is known to have had several sons and at least one daughter. Although, this hypothesis is not conclusive whoever caused their arms to be engraved upon this pair of salvers was undoubtedly kin to either Sir Arthur Cayley, the 3rd Baronet of Brompton (died 19th May 1727) or Sir George Cayley, the 4th Baronet of Brompton (died September 1791).