A very elegant antique sterling silver waiter with a bead border and raised on tapering feet. Small size. With the charming features this highly sought after Georgian lady silversmith is famous for. Hand engraved with bright cut borders and a central hand engraved crest and motto “Alta Petit”. Perfect size to stand a bottle or glass. Weight 244 grams, 7.8 troy ounces. Diameter 19.5 cms. Height 2.5 cms. London 1784. Maker Hester Bateman.
Biography – Hester Bateman (1708–1794) is probably the most well known of all English lady silversmiths and her work is highly collectible. She married in 1732 the goldsmith John Bateman, and together they worked a small silversmith business. Following the death of her husband in 1760 she successfully ran her family business for thirty years and was succeeded in turn by her sons, grandson and great-grandson and the Bateman family silversmithing company lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century. Hester had at least five children – Jonathan, Peter, probably John (who may have been connected with the business, although he is only recorded as a watch and clock-maker), Letitia (who married Richard Clarke), and Ann. Only Peter, Letitia, and Ann were still living at the time of Hester’s death. Hester registered her mark at Goldsmith’s Hall ‘April 16, 1761, as Hester Bateman in Bunnhill Row and this mark was used until 1790. Hester died in 1794.
1790 Her sons PETER BATEMAN and JOHN BATEMAN registered their mark. When Jonathan, who married Ann Downlinff, died in 1791 the mark was changed to PETER and ANN BATEMAN, Jonathan’s widow.
1800 PETER BATEMAN, ANN BATEMAN and WILLIAM (I) BATEMAN entered a mark. William Bateman was the son of Jonathan and Ann Bateman who in 1800 entered in partnership with his uncle Peter and his mother Ann.
In 1805, after the retirement of Ann, PETER BATEMAN and WILLIAM (I) BATEMAN. registered a mark
1815 to 1840 WILLIAM (I) BATEMAN. 1839 to 1843 WILLIAM (II) BATEMAN (son of William I) & DANIELL BALL.