This magnificent antique George III sterling silver samovar has a compressed circular form, supported by a spreading circular pedestal foot onto a plain square base and four bracket style feet, all in the Regency style.
The body of this impressive antique Georgian samovar is encircled with an applied moulded girdle above an exceptional contemporary engraved coat of arms of firstly a savage wreathed about the head and middle with bay leaves, bearing a bow in his left hand and pointing with his right to a blazing star in the dexter chief point*, second a saltire engrailed below three charges.
The shoulders and upper rim of the body are encircled with bands of applied gadroon decoration.
The anterior surface of the body incorporates a magnificent cast sterling silver spigot ornamented with reed decoration, accented with a floral motif to the square boss and lion mask design to the terminal of the spout.
This exceptional spigot is fitted with a shield shaped box wood handle.
The samovar is fitted with a magnificent pair of tied ribbed decorated handles, with exceptional cast lion mask decorated terminals.
This impressive Georgian silver samovar retains the original plain domed hallmarked push fit cover embellished with a contemporary engraved crest of a dexter hand issuing out of a cloud and pointing to a star*, below the motto 'Sequamur' - Let us Follow / Suffer.
The cover is surmounted with the original and exceptional cast sterling silver pineapple style finial, incorporating a pierced decorated steam vent to the cylindrical sleeve.
The interior of this exceptional samovar retains the original hallmarked, removable pierced decorated liner incorporating a cylindrical coal chamber.
The knop to the upper portion of the pedestal foot and border to the lower portion of the foot are encompassed with further gadroon ornamentation.
The plain square base is supported by four magnificent cast Regency style bracket feet.
This antique samovar was crafted by the very important and renowned London silversmith Paul Storr; the item reflects the exceptional quality and standard associated with this maker.
* The heraldic markings pertain to the family name Oswald; the second portion of the coat of arms bears associations to the historical progression of the family Haldane.
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