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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy by Hester Bateman - Antique George III (1783)

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

SKU: C2765

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Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy by Hester Bateman - Antique George III (1783)


This exceptional antique George III sterling silver locking tea caddy has an oval form.

The body of this silver tea caddy box is embellished with the bright cut engraved initials 'RH' amidst a suspended garland and scrolling leaf design.

The lower portion of the body is encompassed with an applied bead decorated border.

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

The swept cover is embellished with a further bead decorated border to the lower portion of the domed segment.

This impressive cover is surmounted with a cast sterling silver urn style finial.

The caddy retains the original fitted fully working lock and functional key.

This Georgian sterling silver tea caddy was crafted by the collectable female silversmith Hester Bateman.

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Date: 1783


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

The cast and applied decoration is very sharp and the bright cut engraved ornamentation is very crisp.

Full hallmarks struck to the underside of the body and part hallmarks to the interior of each cover are all very clear.

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


Length 8.5cm/3.3"

Width 12.5cm/4.9"

Height 13.6cm/5.4"


10.7 troy ounces/331g (including locking mechanism)

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