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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Georgian English sterling silver locking tea caddy; an addition to our silver teaware collection

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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
Aesthetic style silver tea caddy
Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
Aesthetic style silver tea caddy
Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
Aesthetic style silver tea caddy
Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
Aesthetic style silver tea caddy
Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
Aesthetic style silver tea caddy
Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)
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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780)

Description


This exceptional antique Georgian sterling silver tea caddy has a cylindrical form.


The upper and lower portions of this locking silver tea caddy is embellished with bands of bright cut engraved floral bud designs; further vertical bands segment the body into five equal portions, each encompassed with undulating wrigglework borders.


The anterior portion of the body is ornamented with a bright cut engraved rectangular cut cornered cartouche encompassed with a radiating simplified floral and scrolling foliate decoration and featuring the contemporary engraved crest of a lion's head collared and erased.


The further four segments bear Chinoiserie bright cut engraved Chinese symbols representing the four seasons: spring (春 / chun), summer (夏 / xia), autumn (秋 / qiu) and winter (冬 / dong).


This antique silver tea caddy retains the original hallmarked flush hinged cover; the flush hinge indicates the fine quality of this piece.


The cover is encompassed with further bands of bright cut engraved decoration, reflecting the designs to the body.


This impressive cover is surmounted with the original, exceptional carved wood and sterling silver pineapple style finial, securing to the interior with a screw fitment.


The caddy is fitted with the original locking mechanism.


This exceptional example of Georgian silverware features a rare design and is the finest of its type you could hope to acquire.


Read a brief history of antique silver tea caddies


Date: 1780

Condition


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

The bright cut engraved and wrigglework decoration is very crisp.

Full hallmarks struck to the underside of the caddy and lion passant to the interior of the cover are all very clear; the maker's mark to the underside has wear in keeping with age and location.


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


Dimensions


Diameter 9.2cm/3.6"

Height 10.2cm/4"


Weight


8.5 troy ounces/264g


 
 
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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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