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Georgian Silver Tea Kettle

Maker: Benjamin Smith, Richard Sibley

Country: England

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Of sporting interest. A magnificent antique sterling silver tea kettle (also known as a samovar or hot water kettle) with a scene of horses hunting to hounds. The kettle is all over decorated with flowers, foliage, scrolls and cast borders. It has a pretty flower lid finial and folding ivory handle. The matching silver tea kettle stand has an ornate cast and pierced frieze with flowers and leaves; the integral burner has a detachable cap to insert the oil and wick. An excellent piece with heavy gauge silver and good colour. Hand engraved to the top of the burner is a stag crest.

Contains 1400 ml. 

Total weight 1945 grams, 62.5 troy ounces.

Total height 31.5cm (to top of handle), 23cm (to top of kettle) .

London 1825.

Makers Benjamin Smith and Richard Sibley.

Literature: 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 odourless spirit for the burners.

Marks. All pieces are date stamped “k” for London 1825. The kettle has the makers stamp for Benjamin Smith, the kettle stand has the makers stamp for Richard Sibley. There must have been a collaboration between the two London silversmiths as this piece appears to be fully original - the styling matches and all pieces are same date and fit snugly together.

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