This large and super quality armorial George I Irish silver two handled cup was made in Dublin in 1724 by Phillip Kinnersley and measures almost 7 inches tall by almost 11 inches handle to handle and is 6 1/8 inches in dia across the top. It has a very nice coat of arms to the front and cast harp shaped handles either side, it is plain in design with a girdle around the centre and it stands on a stepped flaring foot. It is fully and clearly hallmarked under the foot and is in lovely condition with a good colour and feel to it weighing 32 ounces or 1013 grams.
The Marital Arms of Auchmuty and King
The arms as engraved upon this George I Irish Sterling Silver Cup dated 1724 are those of the family of Auchmuty impaling King. 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. These armorial bearings may be blazoned as follows:
(on the dexter) Argent1 two spur rowels in chief pierced of the field in base a spear's head erect azure2 (for Auchmuty)
(on the sinister) Sable a lion rampant double queued or (for King)
Crest: An armed embowed in armour holding a broken lance the arm proper the lance azure
Motto: Dum spiro spero [While I breathe I hope]
1) The engraver has inadvertently made field of the arms 'gules' (red) which shown by vertical hatching whereas it should have been plain to indicate 'argent' (silver).
2) The Auchmuty arms as blazoned here are the second version of their arms. 2
10133) The engraver has omitted the double tail of the lion.
Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary these armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of Samuel Auchmuty (born 1700 died 18th January 1766), of Brianstown in the County of Longford and his first wife, Mary King (born circa 1710 died 2nd September 1761), eldest daughter of John King, of Charlestown in the County of Roscommon and great granddaughter of Edward King, Bishop of Elphin. Samuel was the eldest son of Thomas Auchmuty, of Brianstown and Dorcas Towneley, daughter of Samuel Towneley, of Moygne Hall in the County of Cavan. It is not known when Samuel and Mary were married, but what is known is that Samuel succeeded to the family Brianstown estate upon the death of his father, Thomas on the 13th March 1712 while a youth. Samuel married his second wife, Sarah Handcock (died 1787) on the 15th October 1763 a little over two years after the death of Mary. He served as the High Sheriff for the County of Longford in 1724.
The family was a branch of the ancient Scottish family of Auchmuty of the Ilk in the County of Fife which settled in Ireland during the early part of the 17th Century.