Antique George I Silver Miniature Kettle
Date: Circa 1725
Maker: David Clayton
A charming little antique silver toy tea kettle. This beautiful little pot has a a circular form, a pull off...
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.
Maker David Clayton.
Stamped underneath with maker’s mark and lion passant.
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.
This delightful little silver miniature is in very good condition. Excellent colour.
Maker: David Clayton
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.
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