George II Sterling Silver Spirit Kettle C.1759


(SOLD)? We are delighted to have this kettle back in stock again. We last had it about 8 years ago.

A George II sterling silver spirit kettle, London, 1759, of inverted pear shape in unadorned silver in contrast to restrained rococo detail to the lid and handle. The spout has both a human mask face as well as a bird head. The spirit stand and integral burner (which also bears hallmarks for 1759-60 and the makers’ mark) is a very good example of English rococo decoration.

The hallmarks are for London with a crowned leopard’s head crowned for London, the Sterling lion (Lion passant) for 92.5% silver and the date letter is an upper case capital ‘D’ for 1759-60. The makers’ mark that of Thomas Whipham and Charles Wright. The mark of a an upper case ‘C’ over ‘T•W’ over another ‘W’ enclosed in a double oval cartouche. The lid interior and the removeable burner top each have a single lion passnat stamp.

It also bears a crest of a male human torso holding a flower and a cord.

The quality of the piece is indicated not only by the weight of the piece (1960 grams) but also by the beautiful and time consuming details like the hinge and detailing to the finial and spout. All the cast detail and hand finishing support that initial impression.

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