Sterling Silver Elizabeth II Teapot with Matching Cream Jug made in 1996


Maker: Reid & Son

A very good quality sterling silver teapot with matching milk/cream jug. The teapot and jug have wonderful Celtic decoration synonymous with the eighth and ninth centuries.

Date 1996
Made By Reid & Son
Location London
Stock Number W7x37
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Maker: Reid & Son

A very good quality sterling silver teapot with matching milk/cream jug.

The teapot and jug have wonderful Celtic decoration synonymous with the eighth and ninth centuries.

The teapot and jug are both made in London in 1996 by Reid & Sons of Newcastle.

The underneath is unusually struck Lindisfarne. Reid & Sons of Newcastle – who, in the Victorian period, were silversmiths to Queen Victoria – made these pieces under licence from the Island of Lindisfarne.

They are both in excellent condition and of heavy gauge.

The teapot and cream jug can be sold separately if required.

The teapot has a capacity of 1140 ml (2 UK pints).

Weight: teapot 24 troy oz, milk jug 8.65 troy oz.

Reid & Son

Reid & Sons are the only firm that used the services of the Newcastle Assay Office that are still in existence today.

This business was formed by Christian Ker Reid in 1788. He was born in Canongate, Edinburgh on the 8th September 1756 the son of Andrew Reid, a brewer, and his wife Christian Bruce. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to the Edinburgh silversmith William Davie, the indentures being signed on the 29th March 1769. He was to be William Davie’s final apprentice. Having completed his term with Davie, Christian Ker Reid secured a position with Langlands & Robertson as a journeyman and arrived in Newcastle in June 1778.

CKR married Margaret Todd at the All Saints Church, Newcastle, on the 27th February 1781, but within two years he was a widower as Margaret died on the 21st January 1783. He married again on the 28th October 1784 to Mrs Margery Thomson nee Forsdyce and fathered at least thirteen children by her.

In late 1787 or early 1788, after nearly ten years with Langlands & Robertson, CKR opened in business on his own account, firstly on the south side of St Nicholas Churchyard, moving to the Groat Market in 1790 and then to Dean Street in 1801.

The first of Christian’s sons to join the business was David Reid, officially in February 1818, but the ‘CR over DR’ mark was entered at Newcastle and London (Grimwade 3387) in 1815. However, David was not the first of the sons to enter the trade, as Christian’s eldest son, William Ker Reid (Grimwade 1236, 3217a, 3286) was already working in London by this time in partnership with Joseph Cradock and may well have been trained by his now father-in-law, Edward Barnard (Grimwade 575, 2309). William’s marriage to Mary Barnard on the 11th of February 1812 was not the only link between these two great families of silversmiths, for, on the 26th of August 1815, David Reid married another daughter of Edward Barnard, Elizabeth.

The second son to join the firm was Christian Bruce Reid, he was apprenticed to Andrew Morison, a Freeman of the Newcastle Company probably in the employ of Christian Ker Reid. The attempted enrolment of Christian Bruce Reid’s indenture to Morison was a cause of a great dispute between the Newcastle Company and Reids as CKR had never become a Freeman of Newcastle and the Company felt an apprenticeship to a journeymen who was working for a non-Freeman was not permissible. The Company sought legal advice and despite being advised to accept the enrolment, still managed to hold up everything for nearly a year before finally accepting the situation. Upon the completion of his apprenticeship, Christian Bruce Reid became a partner in the business.

Christian Ker Reid died on the 18th of September 1834, his wife, Margery had died on the 31st of August 1832.

Reid & Sons were now in the hands of David Reid and Christian Bruce Reid, but in c.1845, CBR decided to leave the trade to devote his time to his brewery business. He sold his share of the business to his brother, William Ker Reid. Around this time David’s son, Christian John, who had served his apprenticeship under his uncle, Christian Bruce, became a junior partner.

In 1868 the firm was rocked by the deaths of David Reid and his brother William Ker Reid within the space of six days. William, who had already retired from the firm in 1858, died on the 1st February and David on the 7th February 1868.

William Ker Reid was born on the 14th of August 1787, his marriage to Mary Barnard produced thirteen children, seven boys and six girls. His London business was passed to his eldest son, Edward Ker Reid, who had been apprenticed to his father. Edward married Anna Barnard, the eldest daughter of John Barnard, further linking the two families.

David Reid was born on the 20th of March 1792, his marriage to Elizabeth Barnard produced twelve children.

Following David Reid’s death in 1868, Christian John Reid appointed his sons, Thomas Arthur Reid and Walter Cecil Reid and his brother David Reid (2) (aka David Reid junior) as partners.

David Reid (2) retired on the 31st of July 1882. He was born on the 13th of July 1832 and died on the 18th of January 1914.

1884 saw the closure of the Newcastle Assay Office, Reids entered new marks at London on the 15th of September 1885 and within the next twenty years had also entered marks at the Birmingham and Chester assay offices.

Reid & Sons – Newcastle – 1884

Christian John Reid died on the 19th April 1891. He was born on the 12th November 1816 and was with Reid & Sons for his entire working life. His death left the business in the hands of Thomas Arthur Reid and Walter Cecil Reid, they were joined shortly after by a new partner, Francis James Langford.

William Cecil Reid retired on the 1st April 1895. He was born on the 21st of August 1846. Following his retirement, Thomas Arthur Reid’s son, Christian Leopold Reid became the new partner. By 1909 Francis James Langford had been replaced by William Septimus Leete.

Thomas Arthur Reid was born on the 13th of February 1845 and died on the 8th of June 1910.

Christian Leopold Reid was born on the 19th of December 1872 and died on the 16th of August 1924.

Reid & Sons became a limited liability firm on the 6th of March 1930. In 1967 they became a subsidiary of Northern Goldsmiths Co. Ltd who were founded in Newcastle in 1892. Curiously enough the retail outlets of Reids and Northern Goldsmiths are just a few doors apart in Blackett Street, Newcastle.

Amongst the more important commissions carried out by Reid & Sons are the FA Cup, the Rugby League Trophy and Ernest Shackleton’s chronometer.

n 2003, Reid & Sons celebrated their 225th anniversary (they include the ten years that Christian Ker Reid spent as a journeyman with Langlands & Robertson). They have been at their beautiful Blackett Street premises for over a hundred years.

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