George II Silver Coffee Pot


Stock: 9717

Date: 1759

Maker: Benjamin Gignac

Country: England

An antique sterling silver coffee pot of plain baluster shape and raised on a pedestal foot. Good chunky gadroon borders...

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An antique sterling silver coffee pot of plain baluster shape and raised on a pedestal foot. Good chunky gadroon borders and graceful shaped spout. Uninscribed.

Contains 1200 ml.

Weight 950 grams, 30.5 troy ounces.

Height 28.8 cm. Spread across spout and handle 21.5 cm.

London 1759.

Maker Benjamin Gignac.

Sterling silver.

Literature. Coffee and chocolate were established in England 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.


The coffee pot is in good condition. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks on the body next to the handle, the lid with lion mark. The body has a slightly hand beaten finish. 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: Benjamin Gignac

Benjamin Gignac, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as largeworker in 1745. Listed by Evans as Huguenot. His son William was apprenticed to Thomas Symonds 1774.

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