8861. Antique George I Silver Miniature Kettle - Price £875

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A charming little antique silver toy tea kettle. This beautiful little pot has a a circular form, a pull off lid and a hinged, raffia covered, carrying handle. The pot looks like an exact copy of a full size original. Weight 36 grams, 1.1 troy ounces. Height 4 cms to top of lid, 6 cms to top of handle. Spread 6.8 cms. Marked underneath for David Clayton, specialist toy maker. Circa 1725.

Biography - David Clayton, free by patrimony of the Merchant Taylors Company as son of David Clayton 1689. Livery 1704. Mark entered as smallworker 1697. 2nd (sterling mark) 1720.His mark is apparently only found on toys and was formerly attributed in error to Augustine Courtauld.

Condition - This delightful little silver miniature is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. The raffia handle is in good order. Stamped underneath with maker’s mark and lion passant.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - Silver toys in the 16th and 17th century were made predominately for the children of kings and queens. The Dutch were the leading manufacturers, their most prolific period being 1725-1750, and by then wealthy royalty, landowners and business men were buying toys for their own pleasure as well as that of their children’s. During that period England was still suffering under Puritanism and it wasn’t until the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 that silver toys were made available in this country. The earliest English silver toys date from 1665 and were made in London; it was uncommon for toys to be made in the provinces.

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