George I Silver Tea Kettle

Date: Circa 1720

Maker: Paul De Lamerie

Country: England


A large and imposing antique silver samovar of plain design having a wooden swing handle and 12-sided baluster design. By the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Britannia standard silver*. Very heavy gauge silver. The matching burner stand has carrying handles and stands on large wooden ball feet; it has a removable burner well with push on top and flip cap for the wick. Excellent colour and hand hammered finish. A nice feature is the hinged cover to the pouring spout. Engraved with a crest and name “Riversdale W.G”.

Weight 3696 grams, 118.8 troy ounces.

Total height 44cm (handle extended).

London circa 1720.

Maker’s mark stamped 4 times for Paul de Lamerie (Britannia mark).

-Makers mark struck 4 times to the kettle base (marks rubbed) and 4 times to the stand (marks clear); lid and oil reservoir unmarked. The Paul de Lamerie -“LA” Britannia mark was entered in 1713 and superceded by the “PL” sterling mark in 1733.
-Engraved crest to 1)lid and 2)burner top (worn).
-The name “Riversdale W.G” is engraved to 1)lid rim 2)kettle base 3)stand base 4)oil reservoir cover rim; the initial “G” is engraved to the burner top.

Literature: *Britannia Standard silver. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, "the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia" and the lion's head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard's head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

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