Sterling Silver Three Piece Zodiac Tea Service - Antique Victorian (1882)

GBP 2,450.00

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Object Description

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver three piece tea service, with Zodiac influence; part of our silver teaware collection

This exceptional antique Victorian silver tea set, in sterling standard, consists of a teapot, cream jug and sugar basket.

Each piece of this antique silver tea set has a circular rounded shaped, panelled form onto a circular spreading foot; the teapot’s foot has a scalloped form.

The body of each piece is embellished with a central band of framed chased designs, each bearing an individual emblem of the Zodiac signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Either side of each piece bears a double-length bordered cartouche; the anterior cartouche of each piece is embellished with the contemporary engraved initials ‘EMC’.

This feature array is flanked with bands of engraved opposing scrolling decoration.

The teapot is fitted with a hallmarked hinged cover surmounted by the original and impressive cast gourd style finial.

The surface of the cover is encompassed with further bands of engraved decoratio, and is embellished with an applied moulded border to the scalloped rim.

The teapot retains the original, fine and impressive C shaped handle, ornamented with impressive engraved decoration to the handpiece and plain scrolling thumbpiece.

The cream jug and sugar basket are fitted with sterling silver handles, each ornamented with impressive applied bead decoration to the anterior surface.

The teapot is fitted with an impressive swan necked spout ornamented with further engraved organic designs to the sides, in addition to a plain moulded border to the lip.

This impressive tea service is presented with an associate pair of antique Victorian sterling silver sugar tongs, bearing an impressive twisted stem and featuring scrolling leaf decorated cartouches to the handpieces; these tongs were crafted by the Birmingham silversmith Thomas Hayes in 1899.

Length from back of handle to tip of spout 26.7cm/10.5″
Diameter 15cm/5.9″
Height 15.8cm/6.2″

Cream Jug
Length from back of handle to tip of lip 10cm/3.9″
Diameter 8cm/3.1″
Height 13.5cm/5.3″

Sugar Basket
Diameter 12cm/4.7″
Height to top of handle 13.4cm/5.3″
Height to rim 6.8cm/2.7″
Length of tongs 9cm/3.5″

35.1 troy ounces/1092g

Object History

Maker: Fenton Brothers (J F Fenton & F Fenton)
Date: 1882
Origin: Sheffield, England

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Object Condition

This antique Victorian silver teaset is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition. The interior of each piece has been professionally cleaned and is ready for use. Full hallmarks struck to the underside of each piece and part hallmarks to the interior of the teapot cover are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)191 240 2645
+44 (0)7836 286218

Dealer Location

35b St Georges Terrace
Tyne and Wear

Tel: +44 (0) 191 240 2645

Fax: +44 (0) 191 240 2647

VAT: GB 500 0310 42

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