A Gilt Antique Silver Caddy Spoon
A Gilt Antique Silver Caddy Spoon

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Antique Silver-Gilt George III Caddy Spoon made in 1811


A fine antique silver-gilt George III caddy spoon. The caddy is plain and is in the form of a scuttle.

Date 1811
Made By Samuel Pemberton
Location Birmingham
Stock Number FA207x24

Out of stock

Maker: Samuel Pemberton

A fine antique silver-gilt George III caddy spoon. The caddy is plain and is in the form of a scuttle.

This caddy spoon would make a perfect addition to a collection.

Dimensions: length 7.3 cm

Tea, when it first arrived in any quantities in Georgian England, was a luxury commodity commanding very high prices. It was grown on plantations in China, India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), transported across the oceans and sold in small quantities by specialist importers. Its trade was a monopoly of the East India Company and high taxes – 119% until 1784 – made it even more prohibitively expensive. In households that could afford it, tea was kept in a locked caddy, along with almost equally precious sugar, and the lady of the house kept the key.

The caddy spoon, a practical tool for measuring the tea into the teapot, became, by the late 18th century, an equally expensive and covetable item, usually made from silver or Old Sheffield Plate.

As gifts, caddy spoons were ideal as they could be of any pattern and did not have to match the silver cutlery on the table.


Samuel Pemberton

Samuel Pemberton was a jeweller and toymaker from Snow Hill, Birmingham.

He registered several silver marks at Birmingham Assay Office between 1773 and 1801. His son, Samuel Pemberton (1738 – 1803), was a Guardian of the Assay Office in 1793.

Other Pembertons participated in the silver trade, including another Samuel Pemberton and Thomas Pemberton. They were in partnership with Roger Mitchell from c. 1812 to 1821.

Thomas Pemberton was a Guardian of the Assay Office from 1824 until 1830.

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