The arms, which appear to have been engraved at a slightly later date, are those of Herst alias Grove, Delahay, Harpden or Parnell or Pernell with Grove, Delahay or Hurst in pretence.
A careful search of George Wickes's first and second Gentleman's Ledgers (Victoria & Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design, London, AAD/1995/7/1 and 2) finds only one 'bread basket' of 1741/42 of approximately the same weight as this present example. Weighing 58oz 1dwt, it was supplied at a cost of £17 8s on 10 November 1741 to 'The Honble. Coll Forth.' This appears to have been Major (later Colonel) Forth who died at his house in Sackville Street, St. James's, Piccadilly, in January 1757. By his will (proved on 3 March 1757, UK National Archives, PROB11/828), Forth 'left his Fortune (which is very considerable) to Captain Tonning, of the Dragoons' (The London Chronicle, Thursday, 13 January 1757, p. 26). This was Captain (later General) Patrick Tonyn (1725-1804), who was Governor of East Florida between 1775 and 1783. The London Chronicle's report was not entirely correct, however, for Colonel Forth left his Sackville Street house and the bulk of its contents, including plate, to his widow, Mary, who died in 1765; her will was proved on 12 December that year (PROB 11/914), after which her property was dispersed.
For a similar basket with identical cast border and swing handle, engraved with the arms of Frederick, Prince of Wales, George Wickes, London, 1743, see Elaine Barr, George Wickes, Royal Goldsmith 1698-1761, p. 153, pl. 98.
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