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A very rare George III Tea Canister made in London in 1819 by Edward Witham.


The Canister is of oval cylindrical form and displays three raised horizontal bands, decorated with trailing vines, fruit and flower heads. The pull off cover displays a raying floral boss and the front is engraved with the contemporary Crest of the Fortescue family, surrounded by a garter cartouche engraved with the Motto Forte Scutum Salus Ducum. This piece is fully marked on each section and also displays some of the finest interior gilding we have ever seen. This is a particularly unusual, and very rare item, and the first time we have seen this specific design. A similar example can be seen in Investing in Silver by Eric Delieb. These Canisters do not appear on the market often. The only other example we have handled was a much larger tubular example, for biscuits, and made by Joseph Ash.

Height: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm.

Length: 3.25 inches, 8.13cm.

Width: 2.5 inches, 6.25cm.

Weight: 8.2 oz.