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SOLD - Sterling Silver 'Bird' Tea Service - Antique Victorian

A magnificent, fine and impressive, rare antique Victorian English sterling silver three piece tea service modelled in the form of birds; an addition to our teaware collection

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SOLD - Sterling Silver 'Bird' Tea Service - Antique Victorian
SOLD - Sterling Silver 'Bird' Tea Service - Antique Victorian

Description


This magnificent antique Victorian sterling silver three piece tea set consists of a teapot, cream jug and sugar bowl.


The pieces of this impressive tea set have been realistically modelled in the form of family group of birds.


The body of each piece is embellished with finely chased decoration reproducing the details of the bird’s plumage and facial features.


Each exceptional antique bird is further ornamented with bead eyes.


The teapot is fitted with a hallmarked hinged cover and bears a shaped loop handle bearing the subtle markings of a twig.


Each teapot and cream jug of this bird tea set is fitted with a C scrolling handles; the sterling silver handle of the teapot is overlaid with the original interwoven bamboo, strategically interlaced to produce a segmented braided design.


The plain rounded beak of each bird forms a functional spout.


The pieces of this tea set retain the original gilt interiors.


The underside of the impressive teapot bears the registration number 'Rd 256195' and model number '2124'.


This rare tea set is the finest of its type you could hope to acquire.


Date: 1897

Condition


Each piece of this antique bird tea set are an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The chased decoration is all very sharp.

Each component shows little sign of use indicated by the sharp decoration and condition of the handle covering; the bamboo covering often does not stand the test of time.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of each piece and part hallmarks to the interior of the teapot cover are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this impressive example of antique silverware.


Dimensions


Teapot

Length from back of handle to tip of beak 18cm/7.1"

Width 9.7cm/3.8"

Height to tip of handle 11.5cm/4.5"


Sugar Bowl

Length to tip of beak 11.9cm/4.7"

Width 7.6cm/3"

Height to top of head 8cm/3.1"


Cream Jug

Length from back of handle to tip of beak 11.5cm/4.5"

Width 6.2cm/2.4"

Height to top of head 8cm/3.1"


 
 
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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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