[ Carrington & Co. of London, Court Jewellers and Silversmiths. ] Typed 'Inventory of Plate The Property of Colonel Francis Meynell, D.S.O. Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent', the 'Butler's Copy', initalled by Meynell's wife and son.

Author: 
Lieut-Col. Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell (1880-1941), DSO, of Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent [ Carrington & Co. of London, Court Jewellers and Silversmiths ]
Publication details: 
Carrington & Co. Ltd., 130 Regent Street, London, W.1. July 1927.
£750.00
SKU: 20149

From the first item in Chest No. 1 – 'Meat Dish, 22”, oval, gadroon edge. 1805' – to the last of Lady Dorothy Meynell's items – 'Electric Plated Dish, 11”, oblong, plain hammered, cut off corners, sunk centre.' – the inventory provides a curious sidelight on a bygone upper-middle-class world of family plate and dowries, featuring asparagus tongs, sugar sifters and nippers, bon bon boxes, pin trays, plate warmers, whisky noggins, pricket candlesticks, altar cross, pottinger and blotter. See Meynell's entry in Who Was Who, and the report of his funeral in The Times, 23 December 1941. He was the son of Hon. Frederick Meynell (Wood) and Lady Mary Meynell (author of 'Sunshine and Shadows over a Long Life', 1933), and married Lady Dorothy Legge, daughter of the Earl of Dartmouth. He was educated at Eton, twice contested the borough of Barrow-in-Furness in the Unionist interest, and served with distinction in the Great War, receiving the DSO in 1917. The present item has slight staining to the prelims, but is otherwise in good internal condition. In a heavily-worn brown half-calf 4to binding, with strengthened marbled endpapers in faded black cloth boards stamped in gilt: 'Butler's Copy | Inventory of Plate | The Property of | Col. Francis Meynell D.S.O.' The inventory proper is typed over 37pp., and is preceded by a title and index, the latter dividing the collection into 16 cases, followed by 'Oak Case', 'Chapel Plate', 'Box of Metal Goods', 'Chest No. 1A', '[Chest No.] 2A' and 'Lady Dorothy's Writing Set Attached to Chest 2A'. On a stub at the front of the volume is a three-page typed document headed 'Plate. | Memorandum. 5th August 1927.' This is divided into 13 parts, the first of which reads: 'Between 1st April 1927 and the end of June the Plate was all checked over by Messrs Carrington & Co., and on 27th July 1927 I received from them draft sheets of the Inventory of Plate for me to finally approve before binding. | The arrangement of this book has been slightly altered as compared with the old Red List, an Index having been prepared, giving the number of each chest and the pages allotted to its contents, and new boxes and chests added.' The memorandum is initialled twice with a note by Meynell at the end, and is followed by a full-page Autograph Memorandum by Meynell, initialled by him 'F. M/ 25/11/36 [i.e. 25 November 1936], describing how 'all the plate was checked over by Banks, he is retiring Aug 14, Carter the new Butler & Mr Hugo & Col Meynell's book has been ticked off with Hugo's checking in this book.' Also tipped-in at the front is a four-page typed tabular document on graph paper, headed 'Plate Boxes.' With two accompanying autograph notes by Meynell, one describing the table as listing a 'portion of plate | Nov. 25. 1936'. Following the inventory is a manuscript 'List of Hugo Meynell's Plate presented to him on August 8th 1936, and placed in Plate Closet, Hoar Cross, on August 8th 1936.' Signed by Hugo Meynell, with note stating that the items were 'Removed to | 36 South Eaton Place, | London | S.W.1'. The typed inventory has autograph emendations and additions by Meynell, and a number of items deleted with the initials of his wife. One addition (among the 'Plated' items) by Meynell reads: 'Presentation Salver (presented to Hon. Frederick and Lady Mary Wood on the occasion of their silver wedding). Silver. | Wine Cooler (2 pieces) Sheffield Plate. | 29.1.1938'. The 'Oak Case' contains two items of particular interest: 'Gilt Cup & Cover, 14½” high, plain body with rib centre onlaid straps at bottom & cover, two leaf top scroll handles, round plain foot. Antique. 1698.' and 'Tazza, 14½” diam., round plain with double reeded edge, on round plain foot. Engraved Coat of Arms in centre. Antique. 1717'.