Home of the hog

Some pigs get lucky as to where they live, such as the boar that got to be on the crest of Haddon Hall, the most beautiful and best preserved Tudor house in England! Today I am showing two plates from a dessert service that was made for Haddon Hall - as the crest with the boar's head on the top of each plate shows.

As this was a crested custom order, it is likely that only one dessert service was made; these plates are therefore extremely rare. The service was made in the George III period around 1805. It was probably made for John Henry Manners, the 5th Duke of Rutland, who lived from 1778 to 1857 and would have been 27 years of age around the year 1805. The Manners family have had Haddon Hall in Derbyshire as their seat since the 16th Century. It was at this time that Dorothy Vernon, of the Vernon family who founded the house