Antique Silver George III Tea Caddy made in 1792


A very fine George III silver tea caddy of oval form with beautiful  hand ‘ bright cut ' engraving.

Date 1792
Made By Robert & David Hennell
Location London
Stock Number W25x19
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Maker: Robert & David Hennell

A very fine George III silver tea caddy of oval form with elegant hand ‘ bright cut ‘ engraving.

The tea caddy is surmounted by a beautiful pineapple finial , which was a symbol of hospitality in 18th century.

The caddy has a lock and working key .

To the front of the caddy is an engraved crest of a Leopards head and to the reverse a full coat of arms , perhaps the Earl of Macclesfield or part of his extended family.

The caddy is in excellent condition and made by  Robert Hennell one of the late eighteenth century’s most famous makers.

Dimensions, width 12.5 cm, height to top of finial 14.5 cm.

Weight, 10.25 troy oz.

Robert & David Hennell

The founder of “Hennell dynasty” was David Hennell I (1712 – 1785), apprenticed to Edward Wood in 1728. David Hennell obtained his freedom (1735) and opened his own business in Gutter Lane in 1736. In 1763, he was joined in the business in Foster Lane workshop by his son Robert I (1741 – 1811), entering a joint mark in 1763 and 1768. David Hennell retired in in c. 1773 and the family business was continued by Robert Hennell I.

In 1795, David Hennell II (1767 – 1829) entered into a partnership with his father and registered a new conjoined mark (Robert Hennell I and David Hennell II). In 1802, his brother Samuel Hennell (1778 – 1837) joined the partnership, but soon after, David Hennell II retired from the firm. The business was continued by Samuel Hennell and his father Robert Hennell I.

After the death of his father (1811), Samuel Hennell took over the business forming a brief partnership (1814 – 1816) with John Terry who had married one of his nieces. In 1816, Samuel Hennell returned to working on his own.

Robert Hennell II (born 1763) was the nephew of Robert Hennell I. He was apprenticed in 1778 to his uncle and to John Houle (engraver). He obtained his freedom in 1785, probably working only at engraving until 1808, when he entered in partnership with Henry Nutting. The partnership lasted until 1809 when Robert Hennell II entered a mark on his own (35 Noble Street, Foster Lane).

In 1817, the firm moved to 3 Lancaster Court, Strand and to 14 Northumberland Street, Strand in 1828. In c. 1817 his son Robert Hennell III (1794 – 1868) joined the firm, Robert Hennell & Son. Following the retirement of his father (1833), he took over the family business.

Two of the sons of Robert Hennell III were apprenticed to their father: Robert Hennell IV (1826 – 1891), apprenticed in 1842, free 1849, and James Barclay Hennell (1828 – 1899), apprenticed in 1843, free 1850.

In 1868, at the death of Robert Hennell III, the firm was taken on by his two sons Robert Hennell IV and James Barclay Hennell. Robert Hennell III retired in 1877 and James Barclay Hennell continued to manage the business on his own until 1887, when the firm was sold to Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater.

In present days, the heritage of Hennell name is carried on by Frazer & Haws and Hennell of Bond Street.

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