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Each piece of this Victorian tea set has been crafted in the Louis style and is supported by four fine and impressive cast feet embellished with mask decorated sockets.
The surface of each piece is embellished with chased wild rose, scroll and leaf decoration incorporating a scroll decorated cartouche to either side.
The cartouche to one side displays a bright cut engraved crest featuring a turtle dove holding an olive branch in its beak; the other remains vacant.
The teapot and spirit kettle are fitted with hinged hallmarked covers embellished with wild rose and leaf decoration.
The covers retain the original hallmarked sterling silver wild rose style finials.
The shaped rim of each cover, in addition to the upper rim of the sugar bowl and cream jug, are encircled with an applied scroll and leaf decorated border.
The teapot and spirit kettle feature exceptional cast sterling silver spouts embellished with chased scroll and leaf decoration.
The spout to the cream jug is ornamented with an impressive cast sterling silver mask to the underside, in the Louis style.
Each piece is fitted with an opposing scroll handle ornamented with impressive chased scrolling leaf ornamentation to the thumbpiece and terminals.
The impressive Irish sterling silver spirit kettle detaches from the original hallmarked stand which incorporates an electroplated silver spirit burner in keeping with style, though not guaranteed as original.
This fine antique four piece tea service is accompanied by a fine and impressive pair of associated Irish sterling silver sugar tongs made by John Smith in 1891.
These impressive sugar tongs are embellished with chased wild rose and leaf decoration incorporating a vacant circular cartouche across the centre of the bridge.
Height to top of handle 17.5cm/6.8"
Diameter of body 15cm/5.9"
Width from back of handle to tip of spout 25.5cm/10.1"
Weight 30 troy ounces/ 933g
Height to top of handle 38.5cm/15.2"
Diameter of body 17cm/6.7"
Width from back of handle to tip of spout 24.5cm/9.7"
Weight (without burner) 70 troy ounces/ 2177g
Height to top of handle 11.4cm/4.5"
Diameter of body 10cm/3.9"
Width from back of handle to tip of spout 17cm/6.7"
Weight 11 troy ounces/ 342g
Height to top of handle 11.7cm/4.6"
Diameter of body 13.5cm/5.3"
Width across handles 21.2cm/8.3"
Weight 17 troy ounces/ 529g
Weight 2 troy ounces/62g
130 troy ounces/ 4043g
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The chased decoration is very sharp.
Full hallmarks are struck to the underside of the teapot, spirit kettle, cream jug and sugar bowl and the interior surface of the sugar tongs.
Part hallmarks are struck to the covers, finials and the rim of the kettle stand.
The majority of the hallmarks are very clear however, those struck to the teapot and sugar bowl are slightly rubbed, but remain legible.
Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of examples of Irish teaware.
Origin: Dublin, Ireland
Date: 1898 / 1891
35B St Georges Terrace
Tyne & Wear