George III Antique Silver Kettle

GBP 3,850.00

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Object Description

A handsome antique sterling silver samovar of oval form with a wicker wrapped loop handle. The matching stand on four lion paw feet contains a double burner. Plain style with an expansive hand engraved armorial to the front for the Ramsden and Balfour families. A charming feature is the little turned wood tap finial in the form of an acorn.

Total weight 2518 grams, 80.9 troy ounces.
Total height 41cm.
London 1810.
Maker John Edwards III.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped to the underneath of the kettle, on the rim of the stand, and below the burner with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

John Edwards III, London silversmith, free by patrimony of the Carpenters Company 1782, apprenticed to William Frisbee 1789. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1788, 2nd mark in partnership with William Frisbee 1791, 3rd mark alone 1792, 4th mark in partnership with his son Edward Edwards 1811. Grimwade describes Edwards’ work as showing a high standard of design and execution, a producer of fine silver gilt tea services and other domestic plate. He speculates that “as partner with Frisbee for a short time he must have been in the circle which included the young Paul Storr”.

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Object Literature

Silver Tea Kettles date from Queen Anne times. These were made until the 1770’s when the tea urn took over the job of providing hot water. The kettle on stand was less common between 1770 and 1840 but in Victorian times it was reintroduced, probably because of the discovery of odourless spirit for the burners

Arms. The marriage armorial shows the paternal arms of the RAMSDEN family of Yorkshire and the maternal arms for the BALFOUR family of Fife although the marriage represented actually belonged to George RAMSDEN (born 1796) of The Priory, Conisbrough, Yorkshire who in 1825 married Anna FULLERTON (1803-1837) daughter of John FULLERTON of Thryburgh Park, Yorkshire. The disparity is due to an engraving error of the otter’s heads. George RAMSDEN was the son of Revd. John RAMSDEN (1763-1807), rector of Compton, Yorkshire by Frances Elizabeth COOKE (1771-1843) daughter of John COOKE of Heath Hall, Yorkshire. His grandfather Robert RAMSDEN (1708-1769) of Osberton, Nottinghamshire was the fifth son of William RAMSDEN (1672-1736), 2nd Baronet of Byrom, Yorkshire by Elizabeth LOWTHER daughter of John LOWTHER, 1st Viscount Lonsdale. Full details available on request.

Object Condition

In very good condition. Crisp engravings. The raffia is in good usable condition with a little wear.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

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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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