Copeland & Garret Armorial serving dish, DEUS ADJUVAT NOS, Sir Felix Booth, c. 1840
Copeland & Garrett meat platter, with gadrooned rim and wide floral border surrounding central armorial of lion & 3 boars heads, the banner reading ‘DEUS ADJUVAT NOS’ (God assists us), the arms of Sir Felix Booth.
Impressed & printed with same mark –
“Copeland & Garrett / New Blanche” beneath crown,
Condition: Restored chip to rim, some light staining & wear, excellent display condition.
This crest for the Booth family is to be found in the St James Church in Stanstead Abbotts – note the star. This belongs to Sir Felix Booth, knighted by William IV in 1829 for outfitting – at his own expense – the expedition to find the fabled North-West Passage across the top of North America into the Arctic Ocean. This was John Ross’s second expedition, and had to be privately funded due to his earlier failure; the British Admiralty refused to be involved!
Booth purchased & fitted out a paddle steamer, the Victory – which proved unsuitable and was abandoned to the ice, the expedition surviving on items salvaged form an earlier shipwrecked expedition they stumbled across, before struggling out of the wilderness after spending four winters there.
Sir Booth could certainly afford it: his will in 1877 distributes nearly £2 million – that’s £220 million in today’s money! This was due to his investments in a very successful brewery – the famous ‘Booth’s Gin’.The lion from his crest appears on their labels to this day.