Antique Silver George III Caddy Spoon made in 1808
This handsome George III antique silver caddy spoon has a circular bowl which displays a prick dot design. The handle is also engraved with prick dot designs and has a vacant oval cartouche.
|Made By||Cocks & Bettridge|
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This handsome George III antique silver caddy spoon has a circular bowl which displays a prick dot design.
The handle is also engraved with prick dot designs and has a vacant oval cartouche.
The spoon is hallmarked on the back of the handle.
Dimensions: length 6.35 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.
It is known that Bettridge was John Bettridge who registered as “late of Cocks & Bettridge.” The identity of his partner is not recorded.
The partnership – which flourished in Birmingham at the beginning of the 19th century – specialised in caddy spoons, vinaigrettes and other smallwares.
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