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An exceptionally fine & unusual George III Tea Caddy made in London in 1786 by Henry Chawner.


The Caddy is modelled in the very rare elongated octagonal form and has a slightly domed cover which rises to a platform top which terminates in a green stained ivory pineapple finial, with silver leaves. The sides, and rim, are engraved with bands of pretty flower heads on a scratch engraved ground, flanked by bright cut and prick dot bands. This was a design which was popular in the workshops of Henry Chawner. His engraving was of exceptional quality in terms of design and execution. Both the front and reverse of the Caddy are engraved with a navette shaped bright cut cartouche engraved with an unusual contemporary Crest. The Caddy is in most excellent crisp condition and is fully marked on the base and with the sterling mark on the cover. The quality of production is outstanding and it has a very finely concealed hinge. Henry Chawner had workshops in Amen Corner, London, when this piece was made.

Henry Chawner is recognised as one of the finest silversmiths of the late 18th century and this piece shows all of the fine characteristics of his exceptional work. He had a very successful, and profitable, career as he purchased the Manor House at Newton Vallence, Hampshire, where he lived until he died in 1851. This octagonal form is extremely rare and to find an example in this condition is most desirable.

Length: 6 inches, 15cm.

Width: 4 inches, 10cm.

Height: 5.9 inches, 14.75 cm.

Weight: 15oz.