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It bears the hallmarks for London 1775 and the maker's mark. It has a beautiful engraved coat of arms and a crest, see below for details.
This teapot is beautiful in it's simplicity and is of the highly desirable and rare drum shape.
H 13 cm x W 24 cm x D 12 cm
Weight 16 troy ozs
This handsome teapot is in excellent condition. Please see photos for confirmation of its condition.
The Marital Arms of Families of Cholmondeley and Cowper
The arms as engraved upon this George III English Sterling Silver Drum Teapot made by Hester Bateman, London 1775 are those of the families of Cholmondeley and Cowper. These armorial bearings denote the marshalling of a marital coat showing on the dexter (the heraldic right on the left as you view the piece) the arms of the husband and on the sinister (the heraldic left on the right as you view it) the arms of the wife. They may be blazoned as follows:
Arms: (on the dexter) Gules two esquires helms in chief proper in base a garb or (for Cholmondeley)
(on the sinister) Azure on a bend engrailed or between two wolves’ heads erased argent three cross crosslets gules (for Cowper)
Crest: A demi griffin segreant sable beaked membered ducally gorged and wings elevated or holding between its claws a helmet as in the arms (for Cholmondeley)
Motto: ‘Cassis Tutissima Virtus’ [Virtue is the safest helmet] (for Cholmondeley)
These armorial bearings commemorate the marriage of Thomas Cholmondeley, of Port Vale, Co. Chester and Dorothy, daughter and co-heir of Edmund Cowper, of Overbury, Co. Chester. Thomas and Dorothy were married in 1764 and had three sons and two daughters. Thomas was MP for Cheshire. Their eldest son also named Thomas was created the 1st Baron Delamere, of Vale Royal, Co. Chester on the 17th July 1821. Thomas died on the 2nd June 1779 whilst his widow Dorothy died on the 25th May 1786. The present representative of the family is Hugh George Cholmondeley, the 5th Baron Delamere.
Hester Bateman - the most famous of all women silversmiths, registered her first mark with the London Goldsmiths Company on the 16 April 1761 at the age of fifty two. She was widowed by John Bateman in 1760 and took over his metalwork business transforming it into one of the most successful silversmithing workshops. Located in Bunhill Row, London with her sons John, Peter and Jonathan and later her daughter-in-law Ann married to Jonathan, their son William and grandson William II became highly skilled silversmiths working at the Bateman workshop, producing some of the best silver pieces of their generation.
The main reason for their success was due to Hester's attention to design and detail to quality. All the pieces that left the workshop would be inspected to the highest standard and with this attitude the business grew. Many pieces of Hester's silver show identifying characteristics such as beading around edges and the fine designs of bright-cut engraving. Keen collectors can recognise these pieces even before they pick up the item to look at the hallmarks. This awareness has helped many a collector and dealer searching through silver in shops, antique fairs and auctions.
They received many commissions from The City Guilds, private houses as well as religious establishments. One such item, requested by St. Paul's Cathedral, London was a Verger's Wand which can be seen in the Cathedral and is still in use today, I am sure Hester would be very proud of this.
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