This is an English Victorian tea kettle on a stand, with its original burner, made by Henry Fielding of Birmingham. Henry Fielding and Sons opened in 1830, making silver plated objects and continued through the late 1880’s, including opening in the American market. His initials, HF are seen in a lozenge at the bottom of the kettle.
This charming kettle, which dates from around 1860 when has been designed with an etched Anglo/Indian design, including the lotus type finial. Britain had imperial powers in India during the Victorian period and India was known as “the jewel in the crown” because it was an important part of the British Empire. Not only Indian products but Indian designs swept the nation.
A tea kettle on a stand was intended to hold hot water so that the tea in the teapot could be diluted from getting too strong.
The original stand sits on etched, groove balls, rather like a ball and claw, but actually not. The original burner is still intact, while the swing handle of the kettle is firmly screwed in place.
The tea kettle on stand is in its original state, without the artificial shine of new silver plating. Although fresh plating can be done, it has a lovely, warm patina of its original rich colour. It has clearly been a loved piece, as its silver has been worn in places from continual polishing through the years. The interior tinned lining is also untouched.
The kettle with its handle standing upright is 10 inches high and the width, from the spout is 7 inches wide.
Anglo/English Victorian Silver Plated Tea Kettle on Stand by Henry Fielding, Birmingham
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