This superb George II silver kettle on stand was made in London in 1730 by Edward Pocock. It has a very nice coat of arms to the front and is plain in design with a lovely cast swan neck spout having stepped decoration where it attached to the body, the cast stand has three curved legs and large pad feet and the burner has a removable top, it also has pin and chain fasteners attached which go through the bottom rim of the kettle into the frame to hold it and prevent tipping. It is fully and clearly hallmarked under the kettle and the base and also inside the lid with the lion passant and the burner lid rim with a rubbed maker and lion passant. It is in excellent condition with no problems and weighs 66.15 ounces or 2057 grams, fine fine piece of early Georgian silver.
The Marital Arms of Pocock and Neate
The armorial bearings as engraved upon this George II English Sterling Silver Kettle on Stand by Edward Pocock hallmarked London 1730 are those of the family of Pocock impaling those of Neate. 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. They may be blazoned as follows:
(on the dexter) Chequy or and gules a lion rampant guardant of the first (for Pocock)
(on the sinister) Argent a chevron between in chief two trefoils vert and in base a bull's head couped at the neck gules horned and crined or (for Neate)
Crest: An antelope's head erased proper attired or (for Pocock)
Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary these armorial bearings undoubtedly commemorate the marriage of an unnamed gentleman of the Pocock family to an unnamed daughter of the Neate family. Given that a 2
branch of the armigerous Pococks were known to be resident in the County of Berkshire and the Neate family were resident both in the City of London and in Swindon in the County of Wiltshire and as both the Counties of Berkshire and Wiltshire have in part a common border there is more than a likelihood that both families were socially connected and from that romance blossomed. There is also a likelihood that the Pocock whose arms appear on this kettle may well have been able to claim cousinship to Admiral Sir George Pocock, Knight of the Bath who was granted an augmentation of honour to his family arms in 1794. Sir George resided in the Berkshire village of Cheveley. It would appear the Neate arms were granted to a Richard Neate, of the City of London with an extension to the descendants of his father, John Neate, of Swindon in the County of Wiltshire on the 2nd February 1737/8. Again, this date would mesh with a Pocock/Neate marriage sometime after this date. The kettle itself may have been the possession of either the Pocock or Neate families at the time of the marriage, or alternatively it was either purchased as a wedding gift or the couple acquired it after their marriage when setting up their new household and had thereafter caused their marital arms to be engraved upon it.
As to the fact that the silversmith was the London silversmith Edward Pocock, I think we must consider this to be a happy co-incidence for without a great deal of research we cannot confirm any blood connection between the silversmith Edward and the Pococks, of Berkshire.