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Antique Silver Victorian Teapot made in 1855


An impressive antique Victorian silver teapot of baluster form. The body of the teapot is embellished with chased scroll, floral and leaf decoration incorporating a scroll bordered shaped vacant cartouche to either side.

Date 1855
Made By William Smily
Location London
Stock Number W57x14

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Maker: William Smily

An impressive antique Victorian silver teapot of baluster form.

The body of the teapot is embellished with chased scroll, floral and leaf decoration incorporating a scroll bordered shaped vacant cartouche to either side.

The teapot is fitted with a hinged hallmarked lid which retains the original and impressive hallmarked cast sterling silver finial. The finial is realistically modelled in the form of a strawberry.

The lid, like the body, is embellished with floral and leaf decoration. The plain silver handle incorporates a shaped thumbpiece.

The fine and impressive swan-necked spout is ornamented with a leaf design.

The teapot has a capacity of 2.75 imperial pints (1562.718 ml).

Dimensions : height (to finial) 17.78 cm, width (from spout to handle) 25.4 cm; weight 19.911 troy oz.

Condition: this antique teapot is an exceptional gauge of silver, excellent quality and in outstanding presentation condition. The interior of the teapot has been professionally cleaned and is ready for use. The chased decoration to this piece is very sharp. Full hallmarks struck to the underside and part hallmarks struck to the cover. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of Victorian silverware.

William Smily

William Smily (born in 1792) was apprenticed in 1809 to Joseph Preston, spoon and fork maker.

In 1815, following the death of Joseph Preston, he was turned over to Thomas Wallis II to complete his apprenticeship. However, he did not take up his freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company until 1830 (freedom by Service at the address Gee Street, Goswell Street). It is likely that, at that time, he had commenced work in the factory of A.B. Savory & Sons at 15 Gee Street. His son, William Robert Smily, was apprenticed to him in Gee Street in 1833, obtaining his freedom in 1840.

In 1840, William Smily is recorded as residing and working at 5 Finsbury Place South – the address of another of Savory’s factories where also the other two sons were apprenticed to their father (Samuel Smily I in 1840 and Thomas Smily in 1841).

William Smily entered his own marks at Goldsmiths’ Hall only in 1855 and 1856 when he became works manager for A.B. Savory & Sons. His marks (SS into a rectangle) were used on silverware manufactured for the firm (from c. 1860 often accompanied by the stamp “A.B. Savory & Sons”).

In April 1865, William Smily moved to 18 Red Lion Street (the address of A.B. Savory & Sons factory) where he died on 9 September of the same year.

His eldest son, William Robert Smily, after apprenticeship to his father (1833) and freedom by Service (1840) established, in 1842, his own business as W.R. Smily (spoon maker) at 7 Seaward Street, Goswell Street. In c. 1844 he moved to 9 Camomile Street, were he traded as manufacturing silversmith. In 1852, W.R. Smily moved to 65 Crown Street, Finsbury Square in the premises previously occupied by Charles Lias (1837 – 1847) and Judah Hart (1847 – 1852).

William Robert Smily died in 1858 (aged 34). The business was continued by his brother, Thomas Smily, maintaining the trade name of W.R. Smily.

Thomas Smily, the younger son of William Smily, was born in 1827. After the apprenticeship to his father (1841) and freedom by Service (1848) he, presumably, continued to work with his father for A.B. Savory & Sons. He entered his own mark in the Goldsmiths’ Hall only in 1858, when he was called to manage the business at the death of his brother, William Robert Smily. The firm maintained the name of W.R. Smily until 1883, when the business was acquired by Edwin Charles Purdie.

Thomas Smily emigrated to Canada, where he died in 1918. Samuel Smily (born 1825), the other son of William Smily, after apprenticeship to his father (1840) and freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company (1847) presumably continued to work with his father for A.B. Savory & Sons. After the death of William Smily (1865), Samuel Smily registered his own mark at the Goldsmith’ Hall (SS into a chamfered rectangle) and took over his father’s position of works manager of A.B. Savory & Sons.

In 1866, A.B. Savory & Sons was converted into a limited liability company and changed the name to Goldsmiths’ Alliance Ltd. From this date the hallmark ‘SS’ was often accompanied by the stamp “Goldsmiths Alliance Limited”. Samuel Smily retired from Goldsmiths Alliance Ltd in 1880 and died in 1882.

Other members of Smily’s family obtained their freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company but didn’t enter their own mark in the Goldsmiths’ Hall. They were:

William Robert Smily II (born 1845) and his brother Alfred Smily (sons of William Robert Smily) – they obtained their freedom by Patrimony in 1869 and 1871.

Samuel Smily II (born 1860), son of Samuel Smily – he obtained his freedom by Service in 1882.

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