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AFTERNOON TEA, DONE PROPERLY

There is nothing as quintessentially British as the ceremony of Afternoon Tea. Since 1841, when Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, first introduced the concept of a ‘pause for tea’, the practice has developed into a fashionable event enjoyed the world over, with silver cake stands and teapots as cherished essentials in this most beloved of British traditions.

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b6076: Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons

Hallmarked In 1916

Hallmarked in London in 1916 by Liberty & Co., this novelty set of six, Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons, feature enamelled terminals depicting men in “Convalescent Blues” - a special uniform issued to First World War battle wounded soldiers when they arrived at hospital in England. The uniform consisted of a blue single-breasted jacket with a white lining - worn open at the neck, blue trousers, a white shirt and a red tie. To complete the outfit he wore his own khaki service cap with its regimental badge. Presented in their original box, each coffee spoon measures 5"(12.5cm) in length and together they weigh 2.14 troy ounces.

£325

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b3919: Sterling Silver Sugar Basket

Hallmarked In 1901

Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1901 by Henry Atkin, this stylish, Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Sugar Basket, features pierced decoration to the body, a rope border around the rim, and a blue glass liner. The sugar basket measures 4.5"(11.5cm) tall with the handle down, by 3.5 inches (9cm) in diameter.

£425

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L2809: Sterling Silver Cream Jug

Hallmarked In 1808

Hallmarked in London in 1808 by Godbehere, Wigan, & Bult, this fine, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Cream Jug, has a band of engraving around the body, reed borders, and a vacant cartouche. The cream jug measures 4"(10cm) tall, by 4.25"(11cm) from handle to spout, by 2.5"(7cm) deep, and weighs 3 troy ounces.

£425

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b2593: Sterling Silver Set Of Tea Spoons & Sugar Tongs

Hallmarked In 1884

Hallmarked in London in 1884 by Francis Higgins, this very attractive, boxed set of Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Spoons, comprises 12 spoons and a pair of sugar tongs, all in a naturalistic design, with shell shaped bowls and vine handles. Each teaspoon measures 4.5"(11cm) in length and the sugar tongs measure 3.5"(9cm) in length. The spoons and tongs together weigh 5.45 troy ounces in total.

£465

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L2939: Silver Plate Cake Stand

Made Circa 1910

Made circa 1910 by Walker & Hall, this delightful, George V, Antique Silver Plated Cake Stand, has three tiers, with the dishes shaped to resemble leaves, and the stand plain in style. The stand measures 18"(46cm) tall and the plates measure 9"(23cm) in diameter.

£775

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L1553: Sterling Silver Toast Rack

Hallmarked In 1874

Hallmarked in London in 1874 by William Evans, this attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Toast Rack, features a decorative handle and feet, and will hold 6 pieces of toast. The toast rack measures 6"(15cm) tall, by 5.5"(14cm) wide, by 4.5"(12cm) deep and weighs 8 troy ounces.

£795

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d6865: Sterling Silver Dessert Set For Six

Hallmarked In 1888

Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1888 by Henry Wilkinson & Co., this wonderful, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver and Ceramic Dessert Set, comprises six knives and six forks with two prongs, and the matching serving pieces, all featuring plain silver blades and tines, and aesthetic design blue and white ceramic pistol shaped handles. Each knife measures 9"(22.5cm) in length, and each fork measures 7"(18cm) in length.

£975

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b9543p: Sterling Silver 'Queen Anne' Design 3 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1892

Hallmarked in London in 1892 by Martin, Hall & Co., this attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is in the Queen Anne design. The teapot measures 6"(15cm) tall, by 10"(25.5cm) from handle to spout, and the sugar and cream are in proportion. The set together weighs 22.6 troy ounces.

£975

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L1115: Sterling Silver Cream Pail

Hallmarked In 1775

Hallmarked in London in 1775 by Thomas Shepherd, this delightful, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Cream Pail, features a swing handle, a gadroon border around the rim, a blue glass liner, and floral pierced decoration to the body. The cream pail measures 4"(10cm) tall with the handle up, by 3"(7.5cm) in diameter, having a silver weight of 1.8 troy ounces.

£975

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L4382: Sterling Silver Tea Caddy

Hallmarked In 1885

Hallmarked in London in 1885 by C. F. Hancock & Co., this very handsome, Antique, Sterling Silver Tea Caddy, is hand crafted, and modelled on an early Georgian example. The tea caddy measures 6"(15cm) tall, by 4.75"(12cm) wide, by 3.5"(9cm) deep, and weighs 13.5 troy ounces.

£1,375

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L0410: Sterling Silver Sugar Basket

Hallmarked In 1781

Hallmarked in London in 1781 by Robert Hennell I, this striking, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Sugar Basket, features pierced and engraved decoration to the body, bead borders and a blue glass liner. The central cartouche is engraved with a monogram. The sugar basket measures 4.5"(11.5cm) tall, by 4"(10cm ) in diameter and weighs 4.7 troy ounces.

£1,375

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L4318: Silver Plate Folding Biscuit Box

Made Circa 1880

Made circa 1880 by Fenton Brothers Ltd., this very attractive, Victorian, Antique, Silver Plate Folding Biscuit Box, features aesthetic influenced decoration to the sides, and a naturalistic frame designed to look like twigs. The biscuit box measures 9.5"(24cm) tall, by 7.25"(18.5cm) wide, by 4"(10cm) deep.

£1,475

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b8296: Sterling Silver Arts & Crafts Teapot

Hallmarked In 1914

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1914 by Liberty & Co., this stunning, Antique Sterling Silver Teapot, is in the Arts & Crafts style, and features a hammered finish and a wooden handle and finial. The teapot measures 6.25"(16cm) tall, by 9.5"(24cm) from handle to spout and weighs 20.4 troy ounces.

£1,575

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L4263: Sterling Silver Cow Creamer

Hallmarked In 1893

Carrying import marks for London in 1893 by Louis Landsberg, this charming, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Cow Creamer, is full of character. The cow creamer measures 4.25"(11cm) tall, by 5"(13cm) from nose to tail, and weighs 6.2 troy ounces.

£1,775

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L3614: Sterling Silver 3 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1855

Hallmarked in London in 1855 by Barnards, this striking, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is ornately chased throughout, and features silver handles and gilt interiors to the sugar and cream. The teapot measures 8.5"(21.5cm) tall, by 11"(28cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The set together weighs 50.5 troy ounces.

£2,275

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v5431: Sterling Silver Batchelor Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1888

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1888 by Joseph Harrison, this wonderful, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is 'Batchelor' sized, presented in its original box, and is incredibly stylish. The teapot measures 4.25"(11cm) tall, by 6.75"(17cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The set together weighs 13.5 troy ounces.

£2,475

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L2044: Sterling Silver 4 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1964

Hallmarked in London in 1964 by William Comyns, this handsome, Elizabeth II, Sterling Silver Tea Set, is a 20th century version of a style seen during the Queen Anne period. The teapot measures 8"(20cm) tall, and the other pieces are in proportion. The set weighs a total of 89.5 troy ounces.

£2,975

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L2530: Sterling Silver Tea Caddy

Hallmarked In 1790

Hallmarked in London in 1790 by John Robins, this very fine, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Caddy, has striking brightcut engraving around the base, top and lid, and a silver pineapple finial. On the front side there is a blank cartouche, while the other side is engraved with the initials ‘EW’. The tea caddy measures 6.5"(16cm) tall, by 5.5"(14cm) wide, by 4"(10cm) deep and weighs 15.9 troy ounces.

£4,775

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b1976: Sterling Silver Aesthetic Period Batchelor Tea Set & Tray

Hallmarked In 1878

Hallmarked in London in 1878 by Elkington & Co., this stunning, Aesthetic period, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Batchelor Tea Set & Tray, is wonderfully engraved throughout with naturalistic engraving and each piece carries an engraved crest. The design of the set is attributed to Dr. Christopher Dresser. The tray measures 13"(33cm) wide. The teapot measures 4.5"(12cm) tall, by 5"(12.5cm) from handle to spout and the other pieces are in proportion. The tea set and tray together weigh 46 troy ounces.

£4,975

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L4156: Sterling Silver Coffee Set & Tray

Hallmarked In 1971

Hallmarked in London in 1971, 1976 & 1977 by Asprey & Co. Ltd., this striking, Mid Century Modern, Sterling Silver Coffee Set & Tray, features a bark effect finish and is most likely a design by Gerald Benney. The tray measures 21"(53.5cm) wide, by 11.5"(31.5cm) deep, the coffee pot measures 9.5"(24cm) tall, by 8.5"(21.5cm) from handle to spout, and the sugar and cream are in proportion. The set together weighs 114.6 troy ounces.

£6,275

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L1074: Sterling Silver Honey Skep

Hallmarked In 1810

Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1810 by Thomas Lamborn, this fantastic and very rare, Regency period, Antique, Sterling Silver Honey Skep, is beautifully crafted and stands on three ball feet, with a domed lid and a glass liner. The honey pot measures 5.5"(14cm) tall to the top of the ring handle, by 3.5"(9cm) in diameter, with a silver weight of 6.1 troy ounces.

£6,945

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L1528: Sterling Silver Rotating Tea Urn

Hallmarked In 1795

Hallmarked in London in 1795 by James & Elizabeth Bland, this elegant, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Urn, will rotate on the base, and is spherical in shape, featuring bright cut engraved decoration, engraved crests and lion mask drop ring handles. The tea urn measures 17"(43cm) tall, by 11"(28cm) in diameter and weighs an impressive 159 troy ounces.

£9,475

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L3644: Sterling Silver Folding Biscuit Box

Hallmarked In 1896

Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1896 by James Dixon & Sons, this very rare, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Folding Biscuit Box, is in the naturalistic style with shell designed sides, and push button opening. This biscuit box measures 11"(28cm) tall, by 9.5"(24cm) wide and weighs a substantial 69.9 troy ounces. This is the first time we have seen a Sterling Silver folding biscuit box in the push button design, a true rarity.

£9,775

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L2492: Sterling Silver Set Of Tea Caddies

Hallmarked In 1797

Hallmarked in London in 1797 by Robert Sharp, this rare and exceptional quality, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Set, comprises two oval tea caddies and a sugar caddy, all presented in the original box, and featuring reed decoration and engraved coats of arms to the bodies and crests on the lids. The box features silver mounts which are also engraved. The sugar caddy measures 6.5"(18cm) tall, by 7"(18cm) from handle to handle, and each tea caddy measures 6"(15cm) tall, by 5.5"(14cm) wide. The wooden box measures 8"(20cm) tall, by 17.5"(45cm) wide, by 7"(18cm) deep. The total silver weight of the set is 46.5 troy ounces. The arms engraved are those of the Reeve Family of Thwaite.

£13,750

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