Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy - Antique George III (1780). An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Georgian English sterling silver l. Tea caddy; an addition to our silver teaware collection.
This exceptional antique Georgian sterling silver tea caddy has a cylindrical form. The upper and lower portions of this Aesthetic style silver tea caddy is embellished with bands of bright cut engraved floral bud designs; further vertical bands segment the body into five equal portions, each encompassed with undulating wrigglework borders. The anterior portion of the body is ornamented with a bright cut engraved rectangular cut cornered cartouche encompassed with a radiating simplified floral and scrolling foliate decoration and featuring the contemporary engraved crest of a lion's head collared and erased. The further four segments bear Chinoiserie bright cut engraved Chinese symbols representing the four seasons: spring (/ chun), summer (/ xia), autumn (/ qiu) and winter (/ dong). This antique silver tea caddy retains the original hallmarked flush hinged cover; the flush hinge indicates the fine quality of this piece.
The cover is encompassed with further bands of bright cut engraved decoration, reflecting the designs to the body. This impressive cover is surmounted with the original, exceptional carved wood and sterling silver pineapple style finial, securing to the interior with a screw fitment. The caddy is fitted with the original locking mechanism.
This exceptional example of Georgian silverware features a rare design and is the finest of its type you could hope to acquire. This silver tea caddy is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.
The bright cut engraved and wrigglework decoration is very crisp. Full hallmarks struck to the underside of the caddy and lion passant to the interior of the cover are all very clear; the maker's mark to the underside has wear in keeping with age and location. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this example of Georgian silverware.Maker: Charles Aldridge & Henry Green. Andrew Campbell founder and owner of AC Silver has been dealing in antique diamond & gemstone jewellery and antique sterling silver since 1977.
In addition to his high quality Newcastle-based shop, Andrew has developed what is now an established and internationally recognised online store. For more details see our About Us. FREE OF CHARGE to all customers - including national and international deliveries. The item "Antique Georgian Sterling Silver Locking Tea Caddy 1780" is in sale since Sunday, March 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes".The seller is "acsilver925" and is located in Newcastle on Tyne. This item can be shipped worldwide.