Antique c1825 Great American Coin Sterling Silver 6pc Tea Set Impressive Size
Presented is a wonderful American silver assembled 6 piece tea set. The three pots were made by Robert & William Wilson, renowned American silversmiths, and date to circa 1825. The creamer was made by J. Curry and dates to around the same time. The sugar bowl and waste bowl are slightly later pieces, retailed by J. E. Caldwell in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The set is quite handsome, featuring classical egg and dart borders around the lids, bases, and bodies. The pots and the sugar bowl have acorn form finials for their lids, with detailed oak leaf designs around where the finial meets the lid. The handles and spouts of the pots are done in an ornate style with heavy applied foliate designs of acanthus leaves. The handles of the creamer and sugar bowl are a little different in style, done in a scrolling design without the applied foliage. All the pieces are finely made by hand, with the marks of hand hammering just faintly visible here and there in the finish of the underside. Each piece has a monogram of JGB on one side and JEG on the other, in flowing script. This is a striking and traditionally American tea set, guaranteed to make an impression however it is used or displayed.
The set consists of:
- Large teapot--12 inches long from handle to spout, 11 inches tall. Capacity of 9 cups.
- Medium teapot--11 3/4 inches long from handle to spout, 10 1/8 inches tall. Capacity of 7 1/2 cups.
- Teapot--12 inches long from handle to spout, 9 5/8 inches tall. Capacity of 7 cups.
- Sugar bowl--8 1/2 inches from handle to handle, 8 3/4 inches tall.
- Creamer--6 3/8 inches tall.
- Waste bowl--6 1/4 inches in diameter, 6 1/4 inches tall.
The three pots are all stamped with the Robert & William Wilson maker's mark. The sugar bowl and the waste bowl have the retail marks for J. E. Caldwell & Co as well as 925 sterling and Philadelphia. The creamer has the maker's mark for J. Curry as well as Philadelphia. The sugar bowl and waste bowl are stamped and guaranteed sterling silver purity, the rest of the pieces have no purity stamps as is typical of American silver pieces of their time period. The three pots and the creamer are tested and guaranteed at least coin (900) purity silver.
This set is in great overall condition. There are a couple of dings here and there, and the teapots have had some minor dents professionally removed. There are no splits, no leaks, no dents, no monogram removals, and no repairs.
The total weight for the set is 5232 grams or 184.6 regular ounces.