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The swept shoulders, waisted body and domed spreading base are all plain and unembellished.
The tea caddy retains the original hallmarks push fit cover surmounted to a central subtly elevated platform with the original and unusual faceted lobed silver finial, securing to the interior with a screw.
This impressive caddy, crafted by the London silversmith Ebenezer Roe, has a fine patination**.
The hallmarks of this impressive early Georgian original tea caddy remain very clear considering the age of the piece; tea caddies of this age, quality and in such an exceptional condition are becoming increasingly scarce.
* Britannia Silver - The Britannia silver standard of 958 (95.84% of fine silver), denoted by the icon of the seated Britannia holding an oval shield, was introduced by William III in 1697. This was to indicate the slightly higher standard of silver from sterling silver standard of 925 (92.5% of fine silver).
** Patination or Patina is a subtle colouration or tarnish which forms on the surface of some metals, produced by oxidation or other chemical processes. A good patina proffers an aesthetically pleasing look.
Height to top of finial 14.4cm/5.7"
10.8 troy ounces/337g
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Full Britannia silver hallmarks struck to the surface of the rim and part hallmarks to the interior of the cover are all very clear.
Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this piece of Georgian silverware.
Origin: London, England
|Height||14.40 cm||(5.67 inches)|
35B St Georges Terrace
Tyne & Wear