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Britannia Standard Silver Tea Caddy - George I Style - Antique Victorian

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English Britannia standard silver tea caddy in the George I style; an addition to our silver teaware collection

SKU: A4022

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Britannia Standard Silver Tea Caddy - George I Style - Antique Victorian


This exceptional antique Victorian Britannia standard* silver tea caddy has a rectangular form with cut corners.

The surface of this Victorian silver tea caddy is embellished with fine and impressive flat engraved scroll and stylised leaf decoration accented with simplified trellis and scale patterns.

The upper plateau of the body is ornamented with further flat engraved leaf designs emanating from the sleeved rim.

The tea caddy retains the original domed hallmarked push fit cover encircled with tooled and flat engraved leaf ornamentation.

The upper portion of the cover is embellished with a large flat engraved quatrefoil shaped leaf motif and surmounted with a silver rounded urn style finial.

The lower portion of this impressive Victorian silver tea caddy bears a stepped moulded rim which accommodates the detachable hallmarked, sliding base.

* Britannia Silver - The Britannia silver standard of 958 (95.84% of fine silver), denoted by the icon of the seated Britannia holding an oval shield, was introduced by William III in 1697. This was to indicate the slightly higher standard of silver from sterling silver standard of 925 (92.5% of fine silver).

NOTE: Early Georgian tea canisters/caddies in this style were fitted with a domed cover suitable for measuring tea in addition to a sliding base or top to facilitate filling. The sliding base would also enable a lead liner to be inserted, which would keep the tea fresh for longer. A tea caddy of this style would traditionally be plain with moulded borders and a simple crest or set of initials as embellishment, in this case the caddy has been ornamented with a traditional Victorian style decoration.

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Date: 1898


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

The flat engraved decoration is very crisp.

The full hallmarks struck to the surface of the body and cover, in addition to the part hallmarks to the detachable base are all very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of Victorian silverware.


Length 7.9cm/3.1"

Width 4.9cm/1.9"

Height 12cm/4.7"


5.5 troy ounces/171g

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. 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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