Pair of Antique Silver Sauce Tureens


Stock: 8527

Date: 1836

Maker: William Ker Reid

Country: England

An excellent pair of antique sterling silver tureens with matching covers. Superb workmanship. Each tureen has applied cast mounts in...

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An excellent pair of antique sterling silver tureens with matching covers. Superb workmanship. Each tureen has applied cast mounts in deep relief, crisply executed with shells, flowers, leaves and scrolls. Uninscribed. Originally part of a large set; they are numbered 3 and 4. Weight 2057 grams, 66.1 troy ounces. Length 20 cms. Width 14.5 cms. Spread across handles 22 cms. Height 14 cms. Birmingham 1836. Maker William Ker Read.


This attractive pair of tureens is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The lids are matching and both lids and bases are numbered 3 and 4 (with 3 dots and 4 dots). All pieces are fully stamped with a clear set of English silver hallmarks, one date letter is a bit rubbed. 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: William Ker Reid

This family business was established in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1778 by Christian Ker Reid (1756-1834). The Reid family married into the Barnard family – Christian’s sons William and David Reid married Mary and Elizabeth Barnard, daughters of Edward Barnard I. William’s son Edward married Anna Barnard, daughter of John Barnard I (they were cousins and both grandchildren of Edward Barnard I). William Ker Reid, free 1818. 1st mark in partnership with Joseph Cradock 1812, 2nd mark (2 sizes) 1819, 3rd mark 1824. Livery 1818. In 1825 William Ker Reid started on his own and in 1847 the firm became W.K. Reid & Son with his son Edward Ker Reid (1821-1886) as partner. Edward, apprenticed to his father, free by Patrimony in 1842. Liveryman in 1848. Edward was managing the business under his own name by 1856 and died in 1886. After Christian’s death in 1834, the Newcastle business was continued by his sons William Ker Reid (1787-1868), David Reid (1792-1869) and Christian Bruce Reid (1805-1889). The firm, known as Reid & Sons and exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1862 International Exhibition.Later, the business was taken over by T.A. and W.C. Reid in partnership with Francis James Langford moving in 1909 and managed by T.A. Reid, C.L. Reid and William Septimus Leete. In 1930 the firm became a limited liability company named Reid & Sons Ltd becoming a subsiduary of the Northern Goldsmiths Co Ltd in 1967.

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