George III Silver Caddy Box


Stock: 8631

Date: 1798

Maker: John Langland

Country: England

Antique Newcastle provincial silver. A rare antique sterling silver tea caddy box of plain oval form, the fixed carrying handle...

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Antique Newcastle provincial silver. A rare antique sterling silver tea caddy box of plain oval form, the fixed carrying handle having a reed and acanthus decoration. Lovely classic style. The unusual double opening lid has an inset hinge and there is a lock to either side (no key). The tea box has borders of crisp hand engraving bright cut dots, scrolls and foliage; both ends with an empty foliate cartouche. Weight 649 grams, 20.8 troy ounces. Height 11 cms, 19 cms including handle. Length 16.5 cms. Width 10.5 cms. Newcastle 1798. Maker John Langlands.


This elegant silver box is in very condition. Both lids open and close well (1 at a time). Stamped underneath with a full set of Newcastle silver hallmarks (lids unmarked). Minor restoration to the handles where they meet the body. There is a dent underneath. 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: John Langland

John Langlands, Newcastle based silversmith, patriarch of the Langlands family, who for sixty years were the largest silverplate producers in Newcastle. Apprenticed to Isaac Cookson, Langlands took over, in partnership with John Goodrick, the business of their ex-master when he died in 1754. John continued alone when Goodrick died in 1757. In 1778 John went into partnership with John Robertson I until 1795. After his death in 1793 his wife Margaret ran the business until the partnership was dissolved two years later. Langlands son, Robert II took over the business which continued to produce high quality silverwares. Robert II’s widow Dorothy took over after his death in 1804 and continued on until her retirement in 1814. The Langlands and Robertson partnership was very prolific and they became renowned sugar tong makers rivalling good London producers of the same period. They entered marks in 1778 and 1780 and continued to use both of them, so dating their pieces can be difficult on marks alone.

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