A rare pair of antique sterling silver tea caddy boxes with sliding lids. The removable cap doubles up as a tea measure. Lovely plain hexagonal design and good gauge silver. Each sliding top caddy has a decorative cartouche hand engraved to the front. Total weight 390 grams, 12.5 troy ounces. Height 12 cms. Base 9 x 6 cms. London 1723. Maker Edward Gibbons.
Biography – Edward Gibbons, London silversmith, son of Robert Gibbons. Apprenticed to Thomas Ash 1712, turned over to John Farnell 1715, free 1719. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1719. 2nd mark (sterling) 1723.