A GEORGE III SILVER-GILT DESSERT SERVICE, COMPRISING A SET OF FOUR WINE COASTERS, EIGHT WINE LABELS AND AN HOURGLASS PATTERN CANTEEN, RETAILED BY RUNDELL, BRIDGE & RUNDELL, SHEFFIELD AND LONDON, 1807-16
- Silver and wood
- Coasters 14cm, 5 ½ in diameter; labels 7.5cm, 3in high
4902gr, 157oz 12dwt of weighable silver
The arms, crest and motto on the coasters are those of Willink. The crest and motto are repeated on the table silver terminals together with the initials JAW for John Abraham Willink (d. 1852). He was member of the merchant banking and finance family, originally of Amsterdam, who are chiefly remembered as investors in the Louisiana Purchase (1803) which enabled the United States of America to acquire 828,000 miles of Louisiana from France. J.A. Willink and Daniel Willink were partners in trade in New York, under the firm of J.A. Willink & Co; they were also in business together in Liverpool with Charles Latham (J.A. Willink’s father-in-law) as D. & J.A. Willink & Co. Both these houses ceased trading during 1819, when they were said to have been ‘notoriously insolvent.’
A collection of family papers, including those of Willink, are in the Anita Lott Cruikshank collection of Kings County, New York; and a group of Daguerreotype portraits of members of the Willink family, including one of John Abraham Willink, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. For further information, see William Johnson, ‘E. Ludlow against Hurd & Sewall,’ Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature; and in the Court for the Trial of Impeachments and The Correction of Errors, in the State of New-York, Albany, 1822, pp. 218-223.