George II Silver Coffee Pot


Stock: 9878

Date: 1734

Maker: John Richardson

Country: England

A good plain style antique silver coffee pot with straight tapering sides, a shallow domed lid, and a shaped ivory...

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A good plain style antique silver coffee pot with straight tapering sides, a shallow domed lid, and a shaped ivory handle. Uninscribed. Good gauge silver and excellent colour.

Contains 1050 ml.

Weight 917 grams, 29.4 troy ounces.

Height 23cm. Spread 21cm. Diameter of base 11.7cm.

London 1734.

Makers mark “R.I”, mark not in register, possibly John Richardson I.

Sterling silver.

Literature. Coffee and chocolate were established as part of social life by the end of the 17th century and coffee pots can be found from the 1680’s onwards. Initially, these tall form pots (as averse to the squatter teapot shape) were used for both coffee and chocolate however we term chocolate pots to be those with either a removable finial or removable lid for inserting a swizzle stick. We also nominate some early side handled pots as chocolate pots.

Marks. A full set of clear English silver hallmarks under the base, the lid has one rubbed mark, probably the lion passant.


The coffee pot is in very good condition. The pot has been tested for water retention and does not leak.

Maker Information

Maker: John Richardson

John Richardson, London silversmith, apprenticed to plateworker Henry Greenaway 1661, free 1669. Richardson seems to have continued to work with Greenaway until his retirement in 1670 when Richardson took over the premises and bound his first apprentice Walter Arden. Richardson had both a workshop and an active retail trade and during the 1680’s he was busy making cups and tankards with the exotic flat-chased chinoiserie decoration fashionable at that time. He also produced altar plate for Westminster Abbey supplied by John Thursby. John returned to his home town of Worcester in 1695. Died 1698. John’s mark of “IR” monogram in script, in the Italian hand, is similar in style to other aspiring silversmiths aiming at the top end of the market, such as Abraham Chair and John Bache. He used the same mark throughout his career. John’s younger brother Samuel was apprenticed in 1663 to Edward Decayne, a shopkeeping goldsmith specialising in jewellery. Samuel moved back to Worcester in 1674, died 1711. A second London silversmith named John Richardson (known as John Richardson I) was apprenticed to Richard Watts 1715, free 1723. Two marks (New Standard and Starling) entered as largeworker 1723. According to Grimwade, Richardson's career as silversmith possibly didn't last very long and he took up service as a soldier to King George II.

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