George III Antique Silver Tea Caddy
Maker: Joseph & Albert Savory
An excellent antique silver caddy of plain rectangular design with a plain hexagonal design. The sliding top has a lift...Buy NowEnquire
An excellent antique silver caddy of plain rectangular design with a plain hexagonal design. The sliding top has a lift off cap which doubles as a tea measure.
Weight 218 grams, 7.0 troy ounces.
Height 12.6cm. Base 8.9 x 5.8cm.
Maker Savory, Farrand & Sheldrick.
This caddy was commissioned in 1805 to match the #10303 George I silver tea caddy we have for sale dated 1718. The two caddies are a fully matching pair. Amazingly, we have the original maker’s receipt supplied by Savory, Farrand & Sheldrick in Cheapside. This must be a very rare and collectible item.
Marks. Stamped on the body underneath, and the cap, with a full set of English silver hallmarks; lid with lion mark and maker’s mark.
Literature: A Tea Caddy is a box, jar, canister, or other receptacle used to store tea. The word is believed to be derived from ‘catty’, the Chinese pound, equal to about a pound and a third avoirdupois. The earliest examples that came to Europe were Chinese tea canisters in blue and white porcelain with china lids or stoppers. Tea in the early 18th Century was expensive, and also there was a tax on tea. so early tea caddies were small and made in precious materials such as silver, shagreen or tortoiseshell which reflected the valuable contents within.
This lovely caddy is in very good condition. Excellent patina. Shows small signs of wear in keeping with its age. A few minor dinks.
Maker: Joseph & Albert Savory
Joseph Savory, London silversmith, apprenticed to James Hunt 1760, free 1769. 1st mark as smallworker 1772 working in Fish Street. 2nd mark as goldworker 1782 working at 48 Cheapside as goldsmith, cutler and jeweller. Partner with Thomas Barnard 1779-1781, with Farrand 1790-96, with Farrand and Sheldrake 1793-1809, and with Pryor (at 10, Poultry). No marks recorded for the partnerships presumed to be retailing businesses only. Adey Bellamy Savory, son of Joseph I, free by patrimony 1802. 6 marls 1826-1832. 7th mark , in partnership wuith Joseph and Albert Savory 1833. 8th mark (2 sizes) in partnership 1834. Albert Savory, son of Adey Savory, free by patrimony 1833. 1st mark as plateworker in partnership with his father and brother Joseph II 1833. 2nd mark (2 sizes) 1834. 3rd mark in partnership with Joseph II only. 4th mark 1835. Joseph Savory II, free by patrimony 1833. 1st mark as plateworker in partnership with his father and brother Albert 1833. 2nd mark (2 sizes) 1834. 3rd mark in partnership with Albert only.
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