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Coffee pot

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1773-1774 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bateman, Hester (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, with carved ebony handle

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. R. Faithwaite

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 26, shelf 4

Hester Bateman was a successful woman silversmith. She learnt her trade from her husband and set up in her own right on his death in 1760. It is likely that she managed the workshop rather than made the silver herself. The firm produced cheaper, thin gauge domestic tablewares using a limited range of ornament for largely middle class customers. Members of her family, such as her daughter-in-law Ann and her son Peter, joined the business and continued it after her retirement in 1790. Insurance documents for 1802 show that the firm, with its own steam operated flatting mill, was one of the most technologically advanced in London. Bateman silver was exported to retailers and customers all over England and North America.

Physical description

Silver, bulbous body, curved spout with leaf ornament, wide spreading foot with a band of oblique gadrooning, carved ebony scroll handle, domed lid surmounted by an urn.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1773-1774 (made)


Bateman, Hester (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, with carved ebony handle

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1773-4

Mark of Hester Bateman

Inscribed: the initials TEF within a monogram


Height: 31 cm, Width: 21 cm, Depth: 11.25 cm, Weight: 878.1 g, Weight: 28.23 troy

Object history note

Gift - J R Faithwaite
Given in the memory of his son, Thomas Windsor Faithwaite, who lost his life in the Great War.
Acquisition RF: J R Faithwaite

Descriptive line

Silver coffee pot, London hallmarks for 1773-4, mark of Hester Bateman.


Silver; Ebony


Raising; Chasing; Engraving (incising); Carving

Subjects depicted

Gadroons; Leaf motifs


Drinking; Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Metalwork Collection

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