The ‘Napierian’ Coffee Maker, as it became known, was first designed around 1840 by James Napier, part of the Napier family involved in the Scottish shipbuilding industry. Napier used easily obtained laboratory equipment in the original design, but over the years it was finessed, and it soon became the most popular design for a coffee maker in England. The vast majority were produced in silver plate, with sterling silver examples being incredibly rare.
Hallmarked In 1900
Hallmarked in Glasgow in 1900 by R. & W. Sorley, this striking, and very rare, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Coffee Maker, is in the 'Queen Anne' design, with half fluted decoration, and is engraved with the crest and motto of the the Donaldson family of Scotland. The coffee maker measures 15"(38cm) tall, by 12"(31cm) wide, by 7"(18cm) deep, and weighs 84.5 troy ounces.
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