Saffron is pound for pound the worlds most expensive spice, and its health benefits have long been appreciated and acknowledged. It was said that Alexander the Great both drank saffron tea and bathed in saffron water to heal his wounds after battles. During the 18th century in England silversmiths produced small silver pots for saffron tea, however these are very rare to find and often miscatalogued small teapots. Original saffron pots are highly sought after.
Hallmarked In 1802
Hallmarked in London in 1802 by John Mewburn, this very handsome, rare to find, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Saffron Pot, is oval in shape, and plain in style, featuring a wooden handle and finial, and heraldic engraving to both sides. The saffron pot measures 3.75"(9.5cm) tall, by 7.75"(20cm) from handle to spout, by 3"(7.5cm) deep, and weighs 7 troy ounces. The heraldic engraving shows a connection to the Huxley family.
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