An exceptional set of antique silver tea caddies and covered sugar bowl in a black shagreen box with silver mounts. Excellent quality and classic styling. The bombe form tea boxes have lift off lids with gadroon borders; the decorative cast bases have applied acanthus mounts above to all sides. The two square shaped caddies are for green and black tea; the rectangular caddy is for sugar. The shagreen box has a red velvet interior; the exterior has beautifully ornamented silver mounts, the handle is hand engraved with a crest.
Total weight of 3 boxes 858 grams, 27.5 troy ounces.
Square caddy height 15cm base 8.5 x 7.5cm.
Rectangular caddy height 16.5cm, base 9.5 x 8.5cm.
Maker Edward Aldridge.
The box silver maker is “IW”.
Edward Aldridge I, no mention of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark as smallworker 1724. 2nd mark as largeworker, then described as Clothworker, 1739. 3rd mark in partnership with John Stamper 1753. Died circa 1766-67, possibly continued by his widow.
Edward Aldridge II, apprenticed to Starling Wilford 1751, turned over to Edward Aldridge Clothworker (probably his uncle) on the same day, free 1758 Livery 1763. Both Edward and his uncle are recorded in partnership in 1762. Circa 1773 Edward was in partnership with John Henry Vere. Died between 1802 -1811.