Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service - Aesthetic Style - Antique Victorian. A fine, impressive and unusual antique Victorian English sterling silver composite four piece tea and coffee service / set in the Aesthetic style; part of our silver teaware collection. This exceptional and unusual Victorian sterling silver tea and coffee set consists of a coffee pot, a teapot, a cream jug and a sugar bowl.
The pieces of this antique silver four piece tea and coffee service have a circular bulbous shaped form to a circular collet foot, all in the Aesthetic style. The unusual sugar bowl is supported by a pedestal style foot. Each piece is encircled with a bright cut engraved Greek key style fret band above large acanthus leaf designs. The teapot, coffee pot and cream jug feature two contemporary bright cut engraved crests depicting a battlement tower and a stork with the dexter claw resting upon a circular medallion with a lion rampant.
The crests surmount the motto'Esse Quam Videri' - To be, rather than to seem'. The silver coffee pot and teapot are fitted with hallmarked flat hinged covers embellished with bright cut engraved husk decorated border.
Both covers are surmounted by an impressive sterling silver finial, realistically modelled in the form of a butterfly. The coffee pot, teapot and cream jug are fitted with plain C shaped handles, each accented with impressive scroll decorated upper terminals in junction with the body.
The antique teapot and coffee pot are fitted with plain swan necked spouts accented with bright cut engraved ornamentation to the lip. The coffee pot, sugar bowl and cream jug were made by the Birmingham silversmith William Gough of Gough & Silvester in 1866, whereas the teapot was assayed in London, 1870 and crafted by Samuel Smily at Goldsmiths Alliance Ltd.The pieces of this antique tea and coffee service are an exceptional gauge of silver, excellent quality and in excellent presentation condition. There are some minor surface blemishes to each piece as to be expected in keeping with age; this does not detract from the fine quality of this service. The interior of the each piece has been professionally cleaned and is ready for use. The bright cut engraved decoration is very crisp.
Full hallmarks are struck to the rim of the collet foot of the coffee pot, cream jug and sugar bowl, in addition to the full hallmarks to the underside of the teapot are all very clear. The part hallmarks struck to the handle and finial of the coffee pot and teapot are also very clear. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these examples of Victorian teaware.Length from back of handle to tip of spout 23.5cm/9.2. Diameter of body 15cm/5.8. Height to top of handle 16.8cm/6.8. Length from back of handle to tip of spout 19.2cm/7.6.
Diameter of body 14cm/5.5. Height to top of handle 24.2cm/9.6. Diameter of body 9cm/3.5. Height to top of handle 14.2cm/5.6. Height to top of rim 9.1cm/3.6.
Diameter of rim 15.5cm/6.1. Diameter of foot 9 cm/3.5. Origin: Birmingham / London, England.
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FREE OF CHARGE to all customers - including national and international deliveries. The item "Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Composite Four Piece Tea and Coffee Set" is in sale since Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Teapots & Sets". The seller is "acsilver925" and is located in Newcastle on Tyne. This item can be shipped worldwide.