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Coffee pot

Coffee pot

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)
    London (hallmarked)

  • Date:

    1872-1873 (made)
    1868 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    W. G. Sissons' Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Raised and engraved silver, with cast handle, spout and finial, hinged lid and protective ivory strips

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.98-1961

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 15, shelf 4

This coffee pot forms part of a full tea and coffee service. W. & G. Sissons were Sheffield-based manufacturing silversmiths and platers with a retail outlet in London. The restrained classical style of the set would have appealed to consumers who appreciated the revival of interest in classical design in the 1870s. In 1881 Elkingtons advertised a similar electroplated tea and coffee service of four pieces (tea pot, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl) in classical style for £25 4s. 0d.

Physical description

Silver coffee pot, urn shaped with engraved decoration in a classical style.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)
London (hallmarked)

Date

1872-1873 (made)
1868 (designed)

Artist/maker

W. G. Sissons' Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Raised and engraved silver, with cast handle, spout and finial, hinged lid and protective ivory strips

Marks and inscriptions

Base: Design Registry mark (showing that it had been registered as part of a tea & coffee service on January 2nd, 1868); under rim of neck: “Mackay”, “Cumming May and Co.” and maker WS GS for W+G Sissons Ltd. Sterling, leopard’s head, date letter small gothic R (1872-3), duty; handle: maker, duty, sterling; lid: maker, sterling, date letter; finial: maker, duty, sterling; nut: sterling

Crest: lion’s head above banner “SPERO”, beneath monogram “JLT” and engraved 'Mr and Mrs J.L. Toole with Henry Irving's love, 27th April 1879'

Dimensions

Height: 30.3 cm, Length: 22.6 cm, Width: 13.2 cm

Object history note

Purchase - £112. 10. 0 (for Circ. 97-100); From Holmes Jewellers Ltd., 29 Old Bond Street
From a teaset. Henry Irving and J.L. Toole were important English actor-managers with their own companies. In spite of professional rivalries, they were close friends. W&G Sissons were Sheffield based manufacturing silversmiths and platers with a retail outlet in London. The restrained classical style of the set would have appealed to consumers who appreciated the revival of interest in classical design in the 1870s. In 1881, Elkingtons advertised a similar electroplated tea and coffee service of four pieces ( tea pot, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl ) in classical style for £ 25 4s .

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1872-73, mark of W.G. Sissons, Design Registry mark for 1868.

Labels and date

This coffee pot forms part of a full tea and coffee service. W. & G. Sissons were Sheffield-based manufacturing silversmiths and platers with a retail outlet in London. The restrained classical style of the set would have appealed to consumers who appreciated the revival of interest in classical design in the 1870s. In 1881 Elkingtons advertised a similar electroplated tea and coffee service of four pieces (tea pot, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl) in classical style for £25 4s. 0d. [2000]

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Raising; Engraving (incising)

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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