A rare pair of antique silver tea caddy boxes with sliding lids. Britannia standard silver*. The removable cap doubles up as a tea measure. Lovely plain hexagonal design and good gauge silver. Each sliding top caddy has a hand engraved armorial, within a decorative cartouche, engraved to the front. Engraved underneath are the original owner’s initials. Total weight 328 grams, 10.5 troy ounces. Height 12 cms. Base 9.2 x 5 cms. London 1720. Maker John Gibbons.
Biography – John Gibbons, apprenticed to Francis Singleton 1691, free 1700. Married Jane Singleton, his master’s daughter in 1699. First mark entered as largeworker 1700, address Foster Lane. Second mark 1724.