The inscription flanking the arms reads “JOHN LORD BERKELEY BOUGHT THIS CUP AT EARL GRANVILLE’S SALE, NUNQUAM TE ASPICIAM POST HAC AT CERTE SEMPER AMABO.” The Latin translates loosely as "Never shall I see thee more, but evermore, I’ll love thee sure.”
John Lord Berkeley, John 5th Baron Berkeley of Stratton, b. circa 1697, educated at Christ Church, Oxford, M.P. for Stockbridge 1735-41, Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard 1743-6, Privy Councillor 1752, Treasurer of the Household 1755-6, Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners 1756-62 and Constable of the Tower of London 1762-70. He died without issue in 1773 when the peerage became extinct. He left his considerable estates including Berkeley Square in London to his kinsman Frederick Augustus Berkeley, 5th Earl of Berkeley.
Berkeley and Granville would have moved in the same political and court circles and from the inscription it seem likely that they were friends. The cup was bought as a memorial to a deceased friend.
Ralph Leeke, son of Thomas Leeke of Osderston in the co. of Salop yeoman, apprenticed to Thomas Littleton 15 July 1664, free 20 September 1671 recorded by Heal as plateworker 1679 , entered his mark as largeworker undated , between January and July 1699 with address of Bridgett Street, Covent Garden, He was responsible for the pair of wine cisterns of 1698, with the arms of Sir Nathaniel Curzon of Kedleston, sold Sotheby’s London 9 July 1964, lot 104 ($16,240) illus, The Sotheby’s Directory of Silver, no. 527 p. 144.
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