8861
Antique George I Silver Miniature Kettle

Date: Circa 1725

Maker: David Clayton

Country: England

Stock Number: 8861

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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.

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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