One of a pair of tea caddies
Vincent, William, silversmith, England, London
late 18th century; George III
silver; shaped oval with straight sides, engraved with bright cut borders and two oval cartouches containing armorials
Silver, with engraved and pricked decoration, and engraved armorials. The shaped oval caddy has straight sides with a narrow reeded border to the rim and foot, and a flat base. The cover is slightly domed and surmounted by an urn-shaped finial and has a concealed hinge. At the top and bottom of the sides and on the cover are borders of bright-cut engraving and pricking. The front and back of the caddy are engraved with an oval cartouche; the front containing the crest of Bulteel of Pamflete and Lyneham, Devonshire, the back containing a coat-of-arms of John Bulteel of Pamfleet and Lyneham, impaling Crocker with Perrin in pretence. A key hole is cut in the front above the armorials, with a lock inside.
A rolled sheet of silver was seamed to form the oval body and attach to the base. The cover was raised and attached with a concealed hinge. The finial was cast with a screw and attached with a nut. The sides and cover were decorated with bright-cut and pricked borders and engraved armorials.
height, to top of finial, 5½, in
height, to top of finial, 13.9, cm
length, overall, 5⅝, in
length, overall, 14.3, cm
depth, overall, 4¼, in
depth, overall, 10.3, cm
weight, whole, 15 : 2, oz : dwt
weight, whole, 470, g
given; 1997-10-13; Rylands, G.H.W.
John Bulteel of Pamfleet and Lyneham
Bulteel, John; former owner
Engraved with the crest and coat-of-arms of John Bylteel of Pamfleet and Lyneham, County Devon, impaling Crocker with Perrin in pretence. Arms: argent a bend between fourteen billets gules. Crest: out of a ducal crown gules, a pair of wings argent billettée of the first.
Given by G.H.W. Rylands, Litt.D., C.B.E., C.H.
maker's mark; on the underside of the base and inside the cover; struck; WV; William Vincent
hallmark; on the underside of the base; struck; m; London date letter for 1787-88
hallmark; on the underside of the base; struck; monarch's head; indicates duty paid
hallmark; on the underside of the base; struck; leopard's head crowned; London
hallmark; on the underside of the base and inside the cover; struck; lion passant; sterling standard silver
Grimwade, Arthur G.. 1976. London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837: Their marks and lives, from original registers at Goldsmiths' Hall and other sources.London: Faber & Faberp. 237
Ref: for maker's mark see p. 237, no. 3357
M.53A-1997; One of a pair of tea caddies
Object Number: M.53B-1997
(record id: 158436; input: 2008-02-08; modified: 2016-06-30)