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Antique Silver George III Caddy Spoon made in 1797


A delightful George III antique silver caddy spoon with the bowl of the spoon finely modelled as a leaf with engraved vein work.

Date 1797
Made By Elizabeth Morley
Location London
Stock Number FA250x25

Out of stock

Maker: Elizabeth Morley

A delightful George III antique silver caddy spoon with the bowl of the spoon finely modelled as a leaf with engraved vein work.

The spoon has a twisted loop handle and is hallmarked on the back of the bowl.

Dimensions: length 7.62 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.

Elizabeth Morley

Elizabeth Morley was married to the plateworker Thomas Morley, going into the silver business at his death. During her career she was described variously as a smallworker, cutler, toy dealer, goldsmith, and silversmith.

She first registered a mark on 8 August 1794; further marks followed on 19 July 1796 and 1 October 1800. Furthermore, she registered a Sun Insurance Policy on 15 April 1797, with another on 15 April 1807. Her address in London was given as 7 Westmoreland buildings, Aldersgate Street.

The Victoria and Albert Museum owns a variety of pieces by Morley, including a collection of bottle tickets of various sorts. Three pieces are in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; a George III tea caddy spoon of 1797, another of 1798, and a George III toddy ladle of 1802. Several pieces are owned by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

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