Flight Barr & Barr Worcester Horse Armorial plate, JUSTUM ET TENACEM, Colthurst family c. 1810
Flight Barr & Barr Worcester Armorial plate, a standing horse, with a wide band of elaborate scrolling foliage & patterned grounds to the rim, the center with a detailed family crest of a standing horse, with a ‘Red Hand of Ulster’ above,
a ribbon at the top inscribed:
JUSTUM ET TENACEM (Just and persevering)
Arms of Colthurst, Ireland.
Printed mark ‘BARR FLIGHT & BARR / Royal Porcelain Works / WORCESTER / London-House / No1 Coventry Street’ beneath a crown and prince-of-Wales feathers,
Good condition, 24cm
According to Fairburn’s Crest, 1911, JUSTUM ET TENACEM is the motto for Colthurst, the crest being a standing horse. The red hand is the symbol of Ulster, showing the Irish origin of the family. The mark on this Barr Flight Barr piece is only used 18087-13, and this allows us to be definite about who the service it came from was made for: Sir Nicholas Colthurst, 4th baronet, of Ardrum, County cork, Ireland. He was a Colonel in the Cork Militia, and MP for Cork 1812-29. At this time they lived at Ardrum House, jest west of Cork, but later in the 19th century took up residence at Blarney House, next to Blarney Castle, where the family still resides.
Apparently, the immense Georgian mansion – with a window for every day of the year – had major problems with dampness, and the family moved to the famous Blarney House in around 1870 – taking the front steps and fireplace with them!
More on Ardrum House, now demolished : http://gavinosullivan.id.au/?p=204