Am hoping someone may be able to provide some information regarding a five-piece Georgian-era tea service, purchased in England about 80 to 90 years ago, that we recently inherited. Have done a bit of research on what the hallmarks mean but some things remain a mystery. The hallmarks include a lion passant guardant, a crowned leopard’s head, a George III duty mark, and a date stamp (K) indicating it was made in 1805-6. However, we are totally in the dark regarding the maker’s mark and the crests that appear on either side of each piece.
The maker’s mark appears to be J.E (the E looks like a reversed numeral 3, with the full stop centred between the letters) inside a squarish-shaped depression with ballooned corners.
The larger crest consists of a crowned shield with a St Andrews-style cross on one half (can’t quite make out what is on the left half) supported by a crowned woman holding an anchor on the left, and a hatted male figure holding a flag on the right. The motto beneath is “Secundis Dubiisque Rectus”. The smaller crest consists of a large crown over a sailing ship with a broken mast, and the motto “Disce Pati”.
Any clues about the maker, or the identity of the person/family for whom it was made, would be much appreciated. Also, as we might need to now get some extra insurance cover, any ideas of its approximate value?