Each of circular shape with flared sides and upon a moulded skirted base, engraved with attractive armorials within baroque mantling. The bases with engraved scratchweights "7=9" (7oz 9 pennyweights)
The Arms are those of Loveday impaling Le Theuillier for Sarah (1682-1761), widow of Thomas Loveday of Caversham who were married on July 6th 1703. Thomas died on June 6th 1720. Their Son, John Loveday, was the diarist and traveller (See Markham, Sarah, FSA, " John Loveday of Caversham, The life and Tours of an 18th century Onlooker 1711-1789."
Sarah Louise Le Theuillier Loveday was the daughter of William and Mary Le Theuillier of London
Sotheby's New York, 14th April, 1999, Lot 151. The property of a descendant of the original owner. Sold for $28,750 inc. premium.
The purpose of these bowls is not entirely known although the closest in size and form are those belonging to George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington. He recorded a set of 8 and were used as "Mouth Bowls" or a "Bason to wash my mouth". For a more detailed account see James Lomax and James Rothwell, Country House Silver from Dunham Massey, page 107 (illustration) and page 113, Catalogue entry No. 56. The authors state:" Small silver bowls such as these are not uncommon, but this description (bason to wash my mouth) and their evident use as part of the toilet equipment may be unprecedented. In modern times similar bowls are sometimes described as blending bowls for tea, or else for dessert or for use in the nursery."