A stunning quality set of antique silver tea caddies and covered sugar bowl in a later fitted lockable tortoiseshell box with silver mounts. Very heavy gauge, cast silver. The deeply embossed and chased silver decoration is particularly attractive and each piece has a cartouche with a lion crest to the front. The two baluster shaped caddies, for green and black tea, have lift off tops. The bowl has a hinged lid with a bouquet of flowers finial.
Total weight of 3 boxes 1,373 grams, 44 troy ounces.
Tea caddy height 16.5cm. Sugar bowl height 15.5cm.
Maker John Jacobs, of Hugeunot origin.
The box handle is hallmarked for London 1805, maker “JS”.
John Jacob, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1734. 2nd mark 1739. Married Anne, daughter of Augustine Courtauld. Probably Huguenot. Mainly known for good quality rococo baskets, candlesticks and hollowware.