A large and imposing sterling silver tureen with matching cover. Excellent size for serving soup, casseroles and vegetables. Oval bellied shape with twin side handles, stunningly shaped feet and cast silver lid handle. Hand engraved to the front is a large armorial with the matching elephant crest to the lid. Heavy gauge silver. Good colour.
Weight 3433 grams, 110.3 troy ounces.
Spread across handles 40.5cm. Length 31cm. Width 24cm. Height 24cm.
Maker Samuel Davenport.
Marks. Stamped underneath the body and on the top of the lid with a full set of English silver hallmarks.
Samuel Davenport, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark 1786. 2nd mark, in partnership with Edward Davenport 1809. His son Samuel was apprenticed to William Seaman 1809. Sarah Davenport, incuse mark as smallworker 1813, possibly his widow.