A lovely solid silver bachelors tea set together with a matching oversized silver plated spirit kettle. This four set piece is all you need to enjoy your English afternoon tea – tea pot, sugar bowl, cream jug and a kettle.
The solid silver pieces are hallmarked by James Deakin and Sons of Sheffield. The company logo JD WD represent the partnership between James Deakin and his eldest son William Pitchford Deakin. The JD was based at the Sidney Works on Matilda Street, Sheffield.
Hallmarked for 1892, which is a unique and important date letter for avid silver collectors because it was the last year that the JD WD logo existed. Next year James Deakin retired marking the end of the “golden era” of this important English silversmith.
This lovely solid silver tea set is a great example of a traditional Victorian semi-fluted or half-flute design.
The spirit kettle is silver plated, not solid silver and it is made by a different maker in Sheffield. Because it follows the traditional Victorian design, both the tea set and the kettle match perfectly.
The spirit kettle was made by Henry, Edward and Frank Atkin of Sheffield and it is slightly earlier than the tea set, probably late 1880s.
The kettle features a clever hinged design and looks grand on any size table, as it towers above anything else at 32cm in height.
All three solid silver pieces feature engravings “26th August 1896” and monogram “SWA” or “JWA” – hence the low price.
The sugar bowl measures 7.5cm in height and 12cm from tip to tip of the handles.