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SOLD - Sterling Silver Tea Canister/Caddy Set by Samuel Taylor - Antique George II

A magnificent set of three antique Georgian English sterling silver tea caddies in the original shagreen case, made by the renowned specialist tea canister maker Samuel Taylor; an addition to our diverse silver teaware collection

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SOLD - Sterling Silver Tea Canister/Caddy Set by Samuel Taylor - Antique George II
SOLD - Sterling Silver Tea Canister/Caddy Set by Samuel Taylor - Antique George II

Description


This magnificent antique George II sterling silver set consists of two tea canisters/caddies, a covered sugar bowl, six teaspoons and a pair of sugar nips.


Each container has an inverted pear shaped form onto a circular spreading foot.


The surface of each vessel is embellished with alternating chased floral festoons and concave fluted ornamentations in a spiral design.


The decoration to the body of each piece incorporates a shaped cartouche ornamented with a fine and impressive contemporary bright cut engraved coat of arms depicting party per pale in the first half a chevron between three boars' heads and to the second a three point label below three roundels in chief.


The upper portion of the body of each container is encircled with chased floral and foliate decorated border.


The antique tea canisters and sugar bowl retain the original domed push fit hallmarked covers reflecting the same ornamentation to that of the bodies accented with a narrow fluted border to the rim.


The covers are surmounted with impressive applied and cast finials realistically modelled in the form of a stemmed sunflower.


The foot of each container is encircled with a band of matt decoration accented with chased floral festoons.


The covered sugar bowl and tea canisters were crafted by the prominent tea canister specialist and renowned Georgian silversmith Samuel Taylor.


This set is accompanied by six sterling silver teaspoons crafted circa 1743 by William Woodward.


The anterior surface of each teaspoon has a chased mask ornamentation to the shaped handle terminal, the reverse surface is plain and unembellished apart from the feature hallmarks to the stem.


This set is further associated with a pair of silver metal sugar nips which have been realistically modelled in the form of intertwining vines with a central floral motif to the hinge joint.


This antique tea canister set retains the original fine and impressive hinged shagreen case with a crimson velvet lined interior accented with gold braids trimming the interior of the shaped cover and component wells.


The anterior surface of the presentation box features a shaped silver escutcheon with a hinged catch in addition to a hinged silver handle to the top of the cover.


This magnificent antique tea canister set is in exceptional condition and feels very good and sharp in the hand; it is the finest example of its type you could hope to acquire.


Date: 1744

Condition


This antique tea canister/caddy set is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The shagreen case is also in exceptional presentation condition.

The chased decoration is exceptionally sharp and the bright cut engraved coat of arms are all exceptionally crisp.

Full hallmarks struck to the underside of each vessel are all very clear.

The part hallmarks/lion passant mark to the sleeve of each cover are clear in keeping with age and due to their location; one tea canister also retains a legible maker’s mark.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these examples of Georgian silverware.


Dimensions


Tea Canister

Diameter of body 8.5cm/3.3"

Diameter of foot 6.2cm/2.4"

Height to top of finial 13.7cm/5.4"


Covered Sugar Bowl

Diameter of body 10cm/3.9"

Diameter of foot 7cm/2.8"

Height to top of finial 14cm/5.5"


Teaspoon

Length 12.7cm/5"

Length of bowl 4.2cm/1.7"


Sugar Nips

Length 12.7cm/5"

Length of bowl 2.2cm/0.9"


Weight


Tea canisters 17.4 troy ounces/524g

Covered sugar bowl 12.2 troy ounces/379g

Teaspoons 3.3 troy ounces/103g

Total 32.9 troy ounces/1024g (excluding sugar nips)


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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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