Antique Silver George III Tea Caddy made in 1786
A beautiful antique silver George III tea caddy of serpentine shape with fine bright-cut engraving. The front of the caddy is finely engraved with the armorial related to the Percy Family (Dukes of Northumberland).
|Made By||George Smith|
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A beautiful antique silver George III tea caddy of serpentine shape with fine bright-cut engraving.
The front of the caddy is finely engraved with the armorial related to the Percy Family (Dukes of Northumberland).
The hinged lid is surmounted with an original ivory in the shape of a pineapple with splayed leaves.
Dimensions: height 15.2 cm, base 12.8 x 9.7 cm; weight 11 troy oz.
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.
George Smith III and IV. The number of London silversmiths called George Smith in the 18th century is very confusing. The spoon makers were father and son, and are generally referred to as George Smith III and IV, and were unrelated to I, II, V & VI. Both used the mark “GS”.
George Smith III was apprenticed to Thomas Chawner in 1765, turned over to Pierce Tempest, freedom unrecorded. 1st mark as spoon maker 1774. Second to fifth marks 1774, 1775, 1776, 1776, 1778. Sixth (2 sizes) 1780. Seventh (5 punches) 1782. Eighth in partnership with William Fearn, 1786. His son, George Smith IV, was apprenticed to William Fearn in 1786 and worked from 1799 – 1807.
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