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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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L4609: Sterling Silver Tea Strainer

Hallmarked In 1940

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1940 by Hukin & Heath, this very handsome, Sterling Silver Tea Strainer, is plain in design, and in the Art Deco taste. The tea strainer measures 1.5"(4cm) tall, by 5"(13cm) wide, by 3"(7.5cm) deep, and weighs 2.7 troy ounces.

£365

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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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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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L4508: Sterling Silver Teapot

Hallmarked In 1913

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1913 by Edward & Noble Haseler, this very stylish, Antique Sterling Silver Teapot, features tapering sides, reed detailing, a wooden handle and a pull off lid. The teapot measures 4"(10cm) tall, by 7"(18cm) from handle to spout, by 4.25"(11cm) deep, and weighs 6.4 troy ounces.

£695

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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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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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L4618: Sterling Silver Teapot

Hallmarked In 1931

Hallmarked in London in 1931, this handsome, Sterling Silver Teapot, is in the 'Bullet' shape, plain in style, and with a wooden handle and finial. The teapot measures 5.25"(13.5cm) tall, by 9"(23cm) from handle to spout, by 4.75"(12cm) deep, and weighs 13.9 troy ounces.

£1,175

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L2074: Sterling Silver Teapot

Hallmarked In 1890

Hallmarked in London in 1890 by Goldsmiths Alliance, this attractive, Antique Sterling Silver Teapot, is in the Aesthetic taste, featuring chased and engraved decoration to the body, a bamboo designed handle, and a frog finial. The teapot measures 3.5"(9cm) tall, by 7"(18cm) from handle to spout, and weighs 9.5 troy ounces.

£1,275

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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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L4515: Sterling Silver 'Bullet' Teapot

Hallmarked In 1881

Hallmarked in London in 1881 by Garrard & Co., this very handsome, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Teapot, is in the 'Bullet' shape, and features engraved decoration around the top, and an engraved crest to one side. The teapot measures 6"(15.5cm) tall, by 9.75"(25cm) from handle to spout, by 5.5"(14cm) deep, and weighs 20.7 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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L4113: Sterling Silver Cake Stand

Hallmarked In 1902

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1902 by Hukin & Heath, this very handsome, and rare to find, Antique Sterling Silver Cake Stand, is plain in design, and can be used with your own plates. The cake stand measures 13.75"(35cm) tall, by 9.5"(24cm) wide, by 6.75"(17cm) deep, with each holder for plates measuring 4.25"(11cm) in diameter. The cake stand weighs 14.8 troy ounces.

£1,475

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L4520: Sterling Silver Set Of 6 Tea Cups

Hallmarked In 1948

Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1948 by Mappin & Webb, this very stylish set of 6 Sterling Silver Tea Cups, feature silver cup holders and glass bodies. Each tea cup measures 5"(13cm) tall, by 4"(10cm) from handle to side, by 3"(7.5cm) deep, and the silver holders weigh 12.6 troy ounces.

£1,550

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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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L2364: Sterling Silver Kettle

Hallmarked In 1903

Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1903 by William Aitken, this striking, Antique Sterling Silver Kettle, features converged fluted decoration, a wooden handle and finial, and can be titled while on the stand to pour. The kettle measures 14.25"(36cm) tall, by 9"(23cm) from handle to spout, by 8"(20.5cm) deep and weighs 60.5 troy ounces.

£2,275

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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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L3607: Old Sheffield Plate Tea Machine

Made Circa 1790

Made in London circa 1790, this outstanding example of an Antique Old Sheffield Plate Tea Machine, features a larger rotating tea urn for refilling the 2 smaller tea urns on each side, which would have held 2 different types of tea. The tea machine measures 22"(56cm) tall, by 19"(48cm) wide, by 18"(46cm) deep.

£11,475

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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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