A George IV Four Piece Tea and Coffee Set
A George IV Four Piece Tea and Coffee Set
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Antique Sterling Silver George IV Four-Piece Tea & Coffee Set made in 1820


A magnificent four-piece George IV silver tea and coffee service. The service is comprised of a coffee pot, teapot, a twin-handled sugar bowl and a milk jug.

Date 1820
Made By Joseph Craddock & William Ker Reid
Location London
Stock Number SA25x14

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Maker: Joseph Craddock & William Ker Reid

A magnificent four-piece George IV antique silver tea and coffee service. The service is comprised of a coffee pot, teapot, a twin-handled sugar bowl and a milk jug.

Each piece is of heavy gauge, baluster form and stands on four classical mask and scroll feet. All the pieces are hand chased with rococo style flowers and foliage, but have a plain cartouche on one side. On the other side, each piece is embossed with a scene appropriate to what vessel it is e.g. the milk jug has a stylised cow and the sugar bowl has a scene depicting sugar cane.

The coffee and teapot both have hinged lids with a flower finial.

The superb spouts are designed in the form of a mythical beast.

This is possibly one of  the finest rococo sets we have seen.

Dimensions: height (of coffee pot) 19.7 cm.

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Joseph Craddock & William Ker Reid

The business was established in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1778 by Christian Ker Reid (1756 – 1834). After his death, the business was continued by his sons William Ker Reid (1787 – 1868), David Reid (1792 – 1869) and Christian Bruce Reid (1805 – 1889).

The Reid family were closely related to the Barnard family, as the brothers William Ker and David Reid married Mary and Elizabeth Barnard, daughters of Edward Barnard I, founder of the firm Edward Barnard & Sons.

Edward Ker Reid (son of William Ker Reid) married Anna Barnard in 1847, who was the daughter of John Barnard I (they were cousins and both grandchildren of Edward Barnard I). When Christian Bruce Reid retired (1845), his two brothers were joined in the partnership by Christian John Reid (1816 – 1891, son of David Reid).

The firm, known as Reid & Sons, was active at 12 Dean Street, 14 Grey Street (1843) and 41 Grey Street, Newcastle (1855). The firm was present at the 1851 Great Exhibition and at the 1862 International Exhibition.

In 1858, W.K. Reid left the partnership and the business was continued by David and Christian John Reid. After the death of David Reid (1868), Christian John Reid continued the business with David Reid Jr (1832 – 1914, retired in 1882) and his sons Thomas Arthur Reid (1845 – 1910) and Walter Cecil Reid (born 1846). Later, the business was continued by T.A. and W.C. Reid in partnership with Francis James Langford at 41 Grey Street and 48 Grainger Street, Newcastle. Christian Leopold Reid entered in the partnership when W.C. Reid retired.

In 1909, the firm moved to Gem Buildings, Blackett Street, Newcastle, under the management of T.A. Reid, C.L. Reid and William Septimus Leete.

In 1930, the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style of Reid & Sons Ltd. In 1967, Reed & Sons Ltd became a subsidiary of the Northern Goldsmiths Co Ltd.

William Ker Reid (maintaining until 1858 the status of absent partner of Reid & Sons, Newcastle) established a business in London in 1812, entering in partnership with Joseph Craddock at 67 Leather Lane. He obtained his freedom of the Goldsmiths Company by Redemption in 1814 and was made a Liveryman in 1818. The partnership Craddock & Reid succeeded to Thomas Guest (before 1792 – 1802), Thomas & Joseph Guest (1805 – 1806) and T.&J. Guest & Joseph Cradock (1806 – 1812).

In 1825, William Ker Reid became active on his own account at 5 Bream’s Buildings, Chancery Lane, London. In 1847, the firm became W.K. Reid & Son. The partner was his son Edward Ker Reid (1821 – 1886). He was apprenticed to his father obtaining his freedom by Patrimony in 1842 and was made Liveryman in 1848. He managed the business under his own name by 1856.

In 1874, the firm moved to Gough Square, Fleet Street, London until his death in 1886.

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