Item Description / Dealer Expertise
A wonderful sterling silver antique teapot with hallmarks for London 1835 and the makers mark of John James Keith.
It is beautifully made and there is no mistaking its unique quality and elegant design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
This teapot is sure to make an outstanding contribution to your collection.
Height 14 cm
Weight approx 24 troy ozs
Keith & Co., (c. 1824-1929) - silversmiths in Britannia Terrace, City Road, London. Founded by John Keith in about 1824, the company operated for more than a century, interrupted between 1868 and 1874 when his son John James Keith and his employees were working at Cox & Sons, based in the same street as his London agent Franck Smith & Co.
From 1843 Keith & Co. made silver for the Ecclesiological Society under William Butterfield's and from 1856, G.E. Street's supervision, to designs by them and other architects. From 1867 pressure from the Society - particularly from William Burges, who complained about Keith's quality - to use another maker forced bankruptcy.
Keith & Co. were represented at the London exhibitions in 1851 and 1862, and John Keith under Cox & Sons were awarded medals in 1871 for silver designed by Talbert. By the 1870s they were also supplying non-precious metals and church furniture.
John James Keith, the son of John Keith, was later a partner of Cox, Son & Buckley.