The Cream Jug is 2 1/8" in height and 3 7/8" handle to spout and has a diameter of 2 5/8 with a weight of 2.3 oz or 64 grams. The Total weight being 14.7 oz or 416 grams. The whole set just says quality to you every piece has superb circular shape base with looped "C" shaped handles with a raised thumb piece and flowing spout to the teapot and shaped finial to the lid with the interior of the cream and sugar bowl having a bright gilt finish. The Set has an Indian Colonial Design Beautifully embossed with Tigers Elephants and Deer to each piece surrounded with stunning repousse engraving above and below with 2 vacant cartouches to each.
As far as I have been informed by the family about this set this was presented to the Captain of the Iron Clipper Schooner Cassiope William Withers. In 1883 she carried the first elephant to Australia.
From the Cumberland Pacquet and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser, 6th July, 1875. SHIPLAUNCH AT WHITEHAVEN - On Saturday last No.
18 on the books of the Whitehaven Shipbuilding Company was launched from the company's premises, the christening ceremony being performed by Mrs. Joseph Heap, of the firm of Messrs.Heap and Sons, Liverpool, for whom the vessel has been built. This latest edition to the fast increasing fleet of iron ships launched at Whitehaven is named the Cassiope. Her dimensions are :- Length, 240 feet; moulded breadth, 39 3/4 feet; depth, 24 feet; register tonnage, about 1,550 tons. After leaving the ways the Cassiope was taken in tow by the Prince of Wales, and berthed alongside the Sugar Tongue, where she will be finished and then leave for the Mersey. From Liverpool she will proceed to Melbourne with general cargo, thence to Calcutta with horses, and home with grain. The Argus newspaper, Monday, 5th March 1883. The Cassiope left here in October last and has had a fair runup. The trip was also successful, only nine of the horses having been lost.
On the return voyage the Cassiope was less fortunate in the matter of winds and weather, especially at the commencement and the close. Captain Withers reports leaving Sand Heads at 10pm on December 31st. Light easterly winds and calms were met with all the way to the equator which was crossed on 13th January - longitude 93 E. The wind fresher south to south-east until reaching 30 S.For the five degrees of southing the winds were light from the north-east and variable and then a gale from the south-east was experienced for two days - Feb. There was a continuance of light south-easterly winds afterwards until Feb. 17th and south-west winds from that date to Feb. The winds were subsequently light from the south-east and sou'south-east until making Cape Otway on Feb.
The wind raged with hurricane violence until midnight of Feb. By the gale taking off in time the Cassiope was able to reach the heads on Saturday.On deck the Cassiope has some animals for The Acclimatisation Society. Captain Withers claims no notice was taken of his signals off Cape Otway, although he was close in and kept them flying for a couple of hours. He also signalled a steamer from Launceston in the straits but no mention was made in her report of the circumstances. The Age newspaper, Monday 5th March 1883. The survivors seem to be in a perfectly healthy condition. The Daily Telegraph newspaper , 5th March 1883. There is also an elephant on board. The animal is only six years of age but between six and seven feet in height.
It is described by its caretaker as a most playful creature and perfectly tame. Twelve small monkeys complete her collection. The Cassiope was believed lost with all hands in a cyclone in March 1884, whilst carrying a rice cargo from Rangoon to London She left Rangoon with a cargo of rice on the 23rd February 1884, bound for Falmouth or Queenstown for orders and after being posted overdue was listed as "missing" at Lloyds on the 15th October 1884. The Set Comes in an Excellent shaped fitted Case 13" by 11 1/2" by 5 having Royal Blue velvet rests for the set with the lid having a contrasting padded silk lining to the lid which is marked for the retailer R Sutton Whitehaven with the outside finished in dark Burgundy with a gold border with a push button catch to the front.The Set is Free of any Initials or Monograms. The Set is in Excellent Condition. Lion Passant - Sterling Mark. Town Mark - Leopards Head - London. Date letter - C -1878.
Duty Mark - Queen Victoria. With the teapot having matching hallmarks to the inside of the lid. A Rare Cased Victorian Hallmarked Sterling Silver 3 piece Tea Set Guaranteed to please. If you have any questions please contact me.The item "RARE CASED VICTORIAN HM STERLING SILVER 3 PIECE TEA SET 1878" is in sale since Wednesday, December 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Teapots & Sets". The seller is "samsamboy2015" and is located in Penrith. This item can be shipped worldwide.