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Caddy spoon

Caddy spoon

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1754-1755 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piers, Daniel (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, embossed and chased

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Francis William Smith

  • Museum number:

    M.400PART-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caddy spoon was made for one of the three rococo tea caddies which form this group. The term caddy (originally catti) is derived from the Malay word, kati, which was a unit of weight used for tea, 75 katis equalling 100lbs. The kati was the weight, about one and one third pounds (600 grams) of the standard 18th century packet of tea.

The tea caddy is a closed container for dry tea, used at a tea table as part of a tea service. The earliest examples in silver were in the shape of Chinese porcelain tea jars. Later, caddies in silver or Sheffield plate were made in many styles, shapes and sizes.

Physical description

Caddy spoon, silver, (originally one of a set of three). Ladle shaped with shell bowl, the handle ending in a volute

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1754-1755 (made)

Artist/maker

Piers, Daniel (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, embossed and chased

Dimensions

Length: 4.9 in

Descriptive line

Silver caddy spoon, London 1754-5, made by Daniel Piers.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Embossing; Chasing

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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