Antique George III Silver Peppers by Hester Bateman


Stock: 7967

Date: 1783

Maker: Hester Bateman

Country: England

A pretty pair of antique sterling silver pepperettes by the sought after English lady silversmith. Elegant tall baluster form with...

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A pretty pair of antique sterling silver pepperettes by the sought after English lady silversmith. Elegant tall baluster form with gadroon borders. The tops are pierced and engraved, each with a flame finial. Weight 152 grams, 7.2 troy ounces. Height 14. Diameter of base 5 cms. London 1781 and 1783. Maker Hester Bateman.


These classic silver pepper shakers are in good condition. The pierced tops are undamaged and unrestored. The English silver hallmarks are clear, well stamped and dated 1781 and 1783. The peppers are matching in height, form and piercing/engraving. It is likely that they started life together however there are minor differences: 1 One pepper is hallmarked in the centre underneath (1781), the other pepper is hallmarked on the centre edge underneath (1783). 2 One pepper top has a gadroon border, the other top is plain 3 One pepper has left facing gadroon borders, the other has right facing gadroon borders There is a small solder repair on the foot of one of the peppers. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Maker Information

Maker: Hester Bateman

Hester Bateman (1708–1794) is probably the most well known of all English lady silversmiths and her work is highly collectible. She married in 1732 the goldsmith John Bateman, and together they worked a small silversmith business. Following the death of her husband in 1760 she successfully ran her family business for thirty years and was succeeded in turn by her sons, grandson and great-grandson and the Bateman family silversmithing company lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century. Hester had at least five children - Jonathan, Peter, probably John (who may have been connected with the business, although he is only recorded as a watch and clock-maker), Letitia (who married Richard Clarke), and Ann. Only Peter, Letitia, and Ann were still living at the time of Hester's death. Hester registered her mark at Goldsmith's Hall ‘April 16, 1761, as Hester Bateman in Bunnhill Row and this mark was used until 1790. Hester died in 1794. 1790 registered mark of her sons PETER BATEMAN and JOHN BATEMAN. This partnership was of short duration as Jonathan, who married Ann Downlinff, died in 1791. 1791 registered mark PETER and ANN BATEMAN, Jonathan's widow. 1800 registered mark PETER BATEMAN, ANN BATEMAN and WILLIAM (I) BATEMAN. William Bateman was the son of Jonathan and Ann Bateman who in 1800 entered in partnership with his uncle Peter and his mother Ann. 1805, after the retirement of Ann, registered mark PETER BATEMAN and WILLIAM (I) BATEMAN. From 1815 to 1840 WILLIAM (I) BATEMAN was registered alone. From 1839 to 1843 WILLIAM (II) BATEMAN (son of William I) & DANIELL BALL.

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