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HESTER BATEMAN. A very fine George III Tea Caddy made in London in 1783 by Hester Bateman.


The Tea Caddy is oval in form and displays an applied beaded band at the base. The sides of the main body are engraved with an upper and lower band of stylised flower heads and bright cut bands. The front is engraved with an oval cartouche containing a contemporary Crest, which is all surrounded by cascading floral and foliate garlands. The stepped, domed, cover displays a beaded band and is engraved with herring bone and bright cut designs. The cover terminates in a bright cut Neo-Classical urn finial. The Caddy is in excellent condition and still has its original key. The base displays a full set of hall marks and the cover is marked with the makers mark and sterling mark. The Caddy is in excellent crisp condition and is one of the known beautiful designs to come from Hester Batemans workshops in London.

The Crest is that as used by Edward Garth Turnour, The 1st Earl Winterton of Shillinglee Park, Surrey. He was great-great grandson of Sir Edward Turnour, who held the important position of Speaker of the House of Commons from 1661 to 1671.

Height: 5.75 inches, 14.38cm.

Length: 5.25 inches, 13.13cm.

Width: 3.5 inches, 8.75cm.

Weight: 13oz.