An Antique Silver George III Tea Caddy
An Antique Silver George III Tea Caddy

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Antique Silver George III Tea Caddy made in 1806


Maker: John Emes

This fine Georgian antique silver tea caddy is of oval form. The upper and base of the body are embellished with bright-cut engraving, which is repeated on the hinged lid.

Date 1806
Made By John Emes
Location London
Stock Number W12x6

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Maker: John Emes

This fine Georgian antique silver tea caddy is of oval form. The upper and base of the body are embellished with bright-cut engraving, which is repeated on the hinged lid.

The lid is surmounted with a rectangular finial which has an ivory spacer.

Dimensions: height 14 cm

The word “caddy” was derived from the Malaysian work “kati”, meaning approximately one and one fifth of a pound in weight. The cost of tea during the 17th century was high – 40 shillings per pound in 1664 – but much higher in price when heavily taxed in the 18th century; that is why a lot of the caddies made between 1760 – 1810 are fitted with a lock and key.

John Emes

Ostensibly the son of William Emes of Bowbridge Field near Derby surveyor, apprenticed to William Woolett of Green Street, Leicester Fields Citizen and Goldsmith, engraver on payment of £105 (one of the largest premiums recorded in the apprentice registers), 7 October 1778. Free, 5 July 1786.

First mark entered as a plate worker, in partnership with Henry Chawner on 27 August 1796. Address: Amen Corner. He presumably is dead in 1808, when Rebecca and William Emes entered their mark at the same address.

His work, mostly tea and coffee services with some tankards, shows a taste for elegant design and fine finish.

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