George III Silver Coffee Pot


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Object Description

An antique sterling silver coffee pot with plain baluster shape and raised on a pedestal foot. Good chunky gadroon borders and graceful shaped spout. The lid has a pineapple finial.

Contains 1400ml.
Weight 1001 grams, 32.1 troy ounces.
Height 31.5 cm.
Spread across spout and handle 21 cm.
London 1773.
Maker John Carter II.

Coffee and chocolate were established in England as part of social life by the end of the 17th century and coffee pots can be found from the 1680’s onwards. Initially, these tall form pots (as averse to the squatter teapot shape) were used for both coffee and chocolate however we term chocolate pots to be those with either a removable finial or removable lid for inserting a swizzle stick. We also nominate some early side handled pots as chocolate pots.

Object Literature

John Carter, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered 1776 although records show that he was already supplying candlesticks to Parker & Wakelin by 1769. 2nd mark entered 1776 , the same day as the mark of Richard Carter and Robert Makepiece was entered at the same address. Although recorded as both goldsmith and manufacturer of large plate Carters main specialisation was on candlesticks and salvers.

Object Condition

The coffee pot is in very good condition. Stamped underneath with a full set of clear silver hallmarks, lid with lion and makers mark. There is one small dent on the underside of the belly.
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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By appointment only.

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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