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Anthony Nelme (d. 1722)

Caddinet 1688

RCIN 31736

Jewel House, Jewel House

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Caddinets were designed for the service of salt, spices and bread. Their use was reserved for royalty, and was introduced to Britain by Charles II, who had seen caddinets whilst in exile in France. They are therefore highly symbolic in securing the position of a new monarch. This particular example was supplied to William III and Mary II by Anthony Nelme. The superb engraving, by the Huguenot craftsman Blaise Gentot, shows the coat of arms of 1688, before Scotland had recognised William and Mary as sovereigns. As a consequence the arms of Ireland is repeated in place of the arms of Scotland. Scottish recognition of William and Mary took place at a Convention on 4 April 1689.