Antique early Victorian sterling silver coffee pot by James Charles Edington 1843.
Segmented melon formed baluster silver coffee pot of substantial weight, size and gauge of silver. Heavy gauge silver allows the form to be created without thinning problems when creating difficult curves. The weight of the coffee pot near doubles most rivals which has created an impressive and imposing piece. The lid finial has six sectional domed segments, lid is circular with external hinge. Body is melon shape in form with eight vertical curves. The front central curve is engraved with crest (unknown association) with the phrase " CARPE DIEM" Latin expression "SEIZE THE DAY"
The body is supported by four ornate bracket feet with decorative connections to the base of the silver coffee pot. The spout is also vertically scalloped with acanthus leaf to top of teapot spout. The Handle is swan neck in design with acanthus leaf thumb rest, ivory insulators between handle and ferrules. Assay marks are marked to the base and inside of lid with sterling assayed to finial nut. The coffee pot has a full set of assay marks, date letter, makers mark, lion passant, duty mark of Queen Victoria and the leopard head of London assay office.
This coffee pot is in great condition for its age. The coffee pot sits flat and level, free from dents and deep scratches, surface marks as expected. The handle is tight in ferrules with retaining pins securely fitted. The coffee pot lid and hinge are in good order with the coffee pot lid having a small amount of movement. Assay marks along with engraved crest and lettering show little rubbing, with all despicable and legible.
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