A good quality George III sterling silver caddy of plain rectangular design with canted corners. The lift off cap doubles as a tea measure. Hand engraved to one side with a crest, to the other there is a decorative monogram. Weight 152 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Height 10 cms. Base 6.1 x 4.5 cms. London 1789. Maker John Farnell. This box matches #9039 Queen Anne tea caddy.
Biography – William Abdy, London silversmith, free by redemption 1752. Livery 1763. 1st mark s smallworker 1763. 2nd & 3rd marks 1767, 4th & 5th marks 1769. 6th mark (2 sizes, 1779. 7th mark as plateworker 1790. His son William Abdy II entered his 1st mark in 1790 shortly after his father’s death.