DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin
DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin

PAUL CRESPIN (born 1694)

DUTY DODGER sterling silver coffee pot 1736 Paul Crespin

1736 London

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£1,950 gbp
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A wonderful sterling silver side handle coffee pot, hallmarked for Paul Crespin, London 1736
c. 21 cm high and 782 grams

Attention:
There has been duty dodging since the invention of duties and tax. So with manufactured silver:
The silversmith has to take it to the Assay Office - and to get the hallmarks, he has to pay duties and tax. He might have good reasons, not to do that, especially in the 18th century - f.e. a long and dangerous trip if there was no assay office nearby; or it was an individual piece for a patron so never hit the retail shelf - still: it´s illegal!
But most smithies did, f.e. by just marking the item 3 times with their makers mark only. Even Paul de Lamerie did it - and more than that!
Or only the sliding bottom of a tea caddy was hallmarked - not the heavy body (more weight = more duties)
Or existing hallmarks were cut out from a smaller piece and built into a larger, heavier one.
That is said to have been done with this pot.

Anyway, with the Hallmarking Act 1973 legislation said that duty dodgers are duty dodgers - even if this crime was committed 300 years ago. And from time to time the APC has to cross some hallmarks on duty dodgers.

This coffee pot was marked as "duty dodger". It doesn't make much sense to discuss whether that`s correct or not, but you can judge from the emails shown in the pictures, that I´m not the only one who can`t make out any reason.

It´s a wonderful pot with no problems, beautiful colour, identified Coat of Arms - and even the scratch weight makes sense.

Excellent
Dimensions
Height 21.00 cm (8.27 inches)
Weight 782.00g (25.14oz t)
Medium
silver
Signed/Inscribed
1736
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