Object Description

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.

Object Condition

This lovely antique silver tea box is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. All original and in good working order. Stamped with a full set of English silver marks around the collar (makers mark rubbed), the cap is part marked. The makers marks are not fully visible but are likely to be for William Abdy. Minor dinks.

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.

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