George II Antique Silver Kettle


Stock: 9977

Date: 1738

Maker: John Jacob

Country: England

A handsome antique sterling silver samovar of globular form having a shaped folding handle with leather finish. Hand engraved to...

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A handsome antique sterling silver samovar of globular form having a shaped folding handle with leather finish. Hand engraved to the front is a large armorial within a decorative cartouche there is a matching crest on the reservoir lid and well. The matching stand has a cut-work frieze and stands on large shell feet, it has a removable burner well with push on top.

Contains 1550 ml.
Weight 1695 grams, 54.5 troy ounces.
Total height (handle extended) 31.5cm, height (handle folded) 23.5cm. Spread 22.5cm.
London 1738.
Maker John Jacob.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped under the kettle with a full set of English silver hallmarks; under the kettle stand with the maker’s mark for John Jacob stamped 4 times. The burner well and burner top both have a griffin’s head crest.

Literature. Silver 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


This impressive antique silver kettle is in very good condition. The engravings are crisp.

Maker Information

Maker: John Jacob

John Jacob, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. Huguenot. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1734. 2nd mark 1739. Married Anne, daughter of Augustin Courtauld. His work includes a fine pair of candlesticks in the Ashmolean Museum and many good quality rococo baskets, candlesticks and hollowware.

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