Antique Silver Tea Set


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Object Description

A decorative 3 piece sterling silver tea set with melon shape and cast decorative feet. Fine quality deep embossed decoration of flowers and foliate scrolls. Good gauge silver. The teapot has a pretty flower finial, the jug and bowl have the original gilt interior. Weight 1575 grams, 50.6 troy ounces. Teapot contains 1350 ml, spread 26.5 cms, height 16.5 cms. London 1853. Maker Barnard Brothers.

Biography – This old established manufacturing silversmith business was started by Anthony Nelme c.1680 passing to Francis Nelme on his death in 1722. Thomas Whipham took over the business in 1739, passing it to his son Thomas Whipham jr in 1756 who took into partnership Charles Wright.

The Barnard’s involvement started in 1786 when the business was taken over by Henry Chawner; Chawner had been Edward Barnard I’s master and Barnard’s son Edward became foreman of the firm. In 1796 John Emes became a partner and after the retirement of Chawner, Emes became owner maintaining Edward Barnard II as manager. Emes died in 1808 and his widow Rebecca Emes took as partner Edward Barnard II. Rebecca Emes retired in 1829 and Edward Barnard I became the proprietor with his son Edward Barnard II, John Barnard and William Barnard, trading under the name Edward Barnard & Sons.

After the retirement of Edward Barnard I the firm was continued by Edward Barnard II (1846-1851), John Barnard I (1846-1868), William Barnard (1846), Edward Barnard III (1868), Walter Barnard (1868-1903), John Barnard II (1868-1903), Michael Barnard (1896-1903), Stanley Barnard (1896-1903) and Robert Dubcock (1896). The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1910 under the style Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. In 1977 Edward Barnard & Sons Limited became a subsidiary of Padgett & Braham Ltd.

Object Condition

This pretty set is in very good condition with no restoration. Each piece is stamped with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks. The decoration is deep and crisp. The jug and bowl have the original bright gilding. The teapot has been water tested and does not leak, the handle is firm. The teapot has a small scratch on the front cartouche, the bowl has a foot indentation which is scarcely visible from the outside (see photos).

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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