John Blake-Humfrey

#46852, b. 1847

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Some aspects of John Blake-Humfrey's life. John left a silver cup (and possibly lots of money) to his nephew Samuel GURNEY. Samuel was the son of his youngest sister, Isabel. - LOT 163 A GEORGE V SILVER-GILT CUP AND COVER, MAKER'S MARK OF CATCHPOLE & WILLIAMS (AS RETAILERS), LONDON, 1913

ESTIMATE: 3,000 - 4,000 GBP

LOT SOLD. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 6,875 GBP

CATALOGUE NOTE: The inscription reads: 'This Cup represents a Legacy from the Reverend Canon John Blake-Humfrey (23.I.1847 - 13.VIII.1930) to his Nephew Samuel Gurney.'

The arms on one side are those of Humfrey quartering Blake for the Rev. Canon John Blake Humfrey (1847-1930), third son of Robert Blake Humfrey (1795-1886) of Wroxham, Norfolk, by his wife Charlotte (d. 1894), youngest daughter of Lt. Col. John Harvey of Thorpe Lodge, Norwich. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was Rector of Great Dunham, Swaffham, Norfolk, the living of which was the gift of his father, before being promoted as Canon of Norwich. He was married twice, first in 1874 to Anne (d. 1900), third daughter of John Carpenter of Mount Tavy, Devon, and second in 1905 to Harriet Isabella, second daughter of the Rev. James Empson Alcock, Rector of Hawling and Charlton Abbots, Gloucestershire.

The arms on the other side are those of Gurney of Walsingham Abbey and Sprowston Hall, Norfolk, for the recipient of this cup, Samuel Gurney (1885-1968), sixth son John Gurney (1845-1887) of Sprowston Hall, a partner in Gurney's Bank, and his wife, whom he married in 1871, Isabel Charlotte, daughter of Robert Blake Humfrey, of Wroxham, aforesaid. A director of the Medici Society, he lived in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, and at the house at Compton Regis, Berkshire, which he purchased in 1925. He was described in his obituary in The Times (8 July 1968, p. 10g) as 'one of the best-known and best-loved laymen of the Church of England.'