George III Silver Tureens


Stock: 9848

Date: 1773

Maker: William Holmes & Nicholas Dumee

Country: England

A fine set of 4 antique silver sauce tureens with matching stands and lids. Of classical oval form, they have...

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A fine set of 4 antique silver sauce tureens with matching stands and lids. Of classical oval form, they have traditional gadroon borders and lions mask side handles. Hand engraved to the front of each there is a large coat of arms within a decorative cartouche, and to the reverse there is a lion crest above a coronet. The attractive cast silver lid finials have a daisy and foliate design.

Total weight 4,040 grams, 129 troy ounces.

Height 16 cm. Tureen top 17 x 12 cm.

London 1773.

Maker William Holmes & Nicholas Dumee.

Sterling silver.

Literature. Small sized covered tureens appeared circa 1760 and were used to serve sauces and gravy. The lid /cover helped to keep the contents warm.

Marks. All pieces – lid, tureen and base – are stamped with a full and matching set of English silver hallmarks.


All 4 tureens are in very good order. The engravings are crisp.

Maker Information

Maker: William Holmes & Nicholas Dumee

William Holmes, London silversmith, free of the Lorimers’ Company (no date as the records were destroyed in 1940) and apparently working by about 1762. Holmes recorded as working in partnership with David Whyte from 1768-90. His 1st documented mark as plateworker, in partnership with Nicholas Dumee was entered in 1773. 2nd mark alone 1776. 3rd mark 1792. JS Denwall was apprenticed to him in 1790 and his own son John Gwyn Holmes in 1780. Nicholas Dumee, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark with Francis Butty, unrecorded, soon after 1758. Bankrupt in 1773. 2nd mark in partnership with William Holmes as plateworkers 1773. 3rd mark alone 1776. Listed as Huguenot by Evans.

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