Tea Urns/Kettles/Samovars

Tea Urns, also known as samovars, were used for keeping hot water to replenish the teapot. They were not usually found before about 1765 and the early ones were heated with charcoal. About 20 years later more sophisticated designs were produced after the introduction of a pre heated iron rod which could be placed into the tea urn within a central tube. By the year 1800 the use of spirit lamps underneath the urn became popular. Smaller urns were also made for coffee and these normally didn’t have a heating device.

Tea Kettles date from Queen Anne times these were made until the 1770's when the tea urn took over the job of providing hot water. Although kettles were still made between 1770 and 1840 they were less common until Victorian times when they were reintroduced, probably because of the discovery of odourlous spirit for the burners.

Antique Queen Anne Silver Tea Kettle

8728. Antique Queen Anne Silver Tea Kettle

1712

SAMUEL MARGAS

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A large and imposing antique silver samovar of plain design and having a shaped folding handle made of ivory. Very early design. Britannia standard silver* The matching stand has carrying handles and stands on large ivory pad feet; it has a removable burner well with push on top. Excellent colour and hand hammered finish. A nice feature is the hinged cover to the pouring spout. Weight 2390 grams, 76.8 troy ounces. Total height 36 cms (handle extended, 29 cms (to the finial). London 1712. Maker Samuel Margas.
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A large and imposing antique silver samovar of plain design and having a shaped folding handle made of ivory. Very early design...

George II Silver Tea Kettle

9182. George II Silver Tea Kettle

1742

CHARLES HATFIELD

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A handsome antique sterling silver samovar of circular form having a folding raffia finish handle. Excellent quality deep chased decoration. The end of the curved spout is modelled in the form of a bird. The front has a large hand engraved cartouche containing a family armorial. The matching stand has an ornate cast and pierced frieze with face masks, and stands on large shell feet; the integral oil reservoir has a push on top with a crest. Contains 2100 ml. Weight 1950 grams, 62.7 troy ounces. Total height 35.5 cm (handle extended)/ kettle height 26 cm (handle extended), 19 cm (to top of kettle finial). London 1742. Maker Charles Hatfield. His work is comparatively rare and shows signs of Huguenot influence.
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A handsome antique sterling silver samovar of circular form having a folding raffia finish handle. Excellent quality deep chase...

Georgian Silver Tea Urn

4383. Georgian Silver Tea Urn

1788

HENRY CHAWNER

Price £6,750

An elegant antique sterling silver samovar with vase design, shaped sides and crisp hand engraving. There is a coat of arms to the front and a crest on the reverse. Inside there is a central chamber and cover where the hot rod would have been inserted. Weight 105 troy ounces approx. Height 55 cms. Spread across handles 30 cms. London 1788. Maker Henry Chawner.
Price £6,750

An elegant antique sterling silver samovar with vase design, shaped sides and crisp hand engraving. There is a coat of arms to ...

George III Silver Coffee Urn

7796. George III Silver Coffee Urn

1790

PETER PODIO

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An elegant antique sterling silver samovar of vase form having graceful sweeping handles and a pedestal foot. Lovely plain classical design. There is a hand engraved crest and monogram to the front and lid. Contains 1400 ml. Weight 1341 grams, 43.1 troy ounces. Height 37 cms. Diameter of top 14 cms. Spread across handles 19.5 cms. Base 10 x 10 cms. London 1790. Maker Peter Podio.
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An elegant antique sterling silver samovar of vase form having graceful sweeping handles and a pedestal foot. Lovely plain clas...

George III Silver Tea Urn

8719. George III Silver Tea Urn

1798

WILLIAM BENNETT

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A handsome antique sterling silver samovar with pineapple finial, lions mask handles and ivory tap finial. Typical decoration of the period with the half fluted decoration to body and lid and gadroon borders. The lions paw feet with shell mounts are impressive. The animal pouring spout is very charming. To the front is a hand engraved crest and motto ”Nec Temere Nec Timide”. Weight 2587 grams, 83.1 troy ounces. Height 34 cms. London 1798. Maker William Bennett.
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A handsome antique sterling silver samovar with pineapple finial, lions mask handles and ivory tap finial. Typical decoration o...

Georgian Silver Tea Kettle

9356. Georgian Silver Tea Kettle

1815

Price £2,750

A magnificent antique sterling silver samovar with hand chased decoration and folding handle with raffia finish. The matching stand has an ornate cast and pierced frieze with face masks, and stands on large shell feet; the detachable burner has a rise and fall wick. An excellent piece with heavy gauge silver and good colour. Hand engraved to the front is a large hand engraved armorial with the motto “Pro Rege Lege Grege”. To the reverse is the crest of a serpent over a crown, repeated on the kettle stand. Weight 2120 grams, 68.1 troy ounces. Total height 36cm (to top of handle). London 1815. Maker Robert Garrard.
Price £2,750

A magnificent antique sterling silver samovar with hand chased decoration and folding handle with raffia finish. The matching s...

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