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.