Duke of Sutherland Set of Six Poultry Skewers, 1833
Poultry Skewers (6) - Fiddle & Thread pattern - London 1833 by William Chawner - 15.5cm long; 116g combined weight - CY/1951
This is a superb set of six Georgian silver skewers with the engraved mirrored cipher and ducal coronet of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland.
These skewers would have been used to present poultry or fowl at the table and are in lovely condition with crisp engraving. There are two skewers that are a touch longer than the others to give extra versatility. The set was made by William Chawner in 1833 and this date concurs with the succession of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland. We have an impressive matching meat skewer that would complement this set, plus plenty more pieces from an original vast service in fiddle & thread.
The skewers were made in 1833, this was the year that the Marquess of Stafford became the 1st Duke of Sutherland, but also the year in which he died. The service was most likely commissioned by George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower who became the 2nd Duke on his father's death and no doubt bought a new set of plate to mark his elevated status.
George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke of Sutherland (1786-1861)was styled Viscount Trentham until 1803, Earl Gower between 1803 and 1833 and Marquess of Stafford in 1833. He also assumed the title 20th Earl of Sutherland on the death of his mother the 19th Countess of Sutherland in 1839. He was a British MP and keen cricketer and owned vast estates including Dunrobin Castle (North Scotland), Trentham Hall (Stoke-on-Trent) and Stafford House in London (now Lancaster House).
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Please note: we have a large quantity of matching dining and serving pieces from a very extensive service. Please contact us if you would like any further information.
We also have further pieces on offer dating from 1785 that celebrated the marriage of George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland and Lady Elizabeth Sutherland and for 1839 from another of the duke's dining services.