A very handsome English spirit kettle, dating to the late Victorian era, around 1880. A really beautiful shape with the body having been beautifully engraved and topped with an Acorn & Oak Leaf finial on top of the lid.
The stand is supported by the most elegant splayed feet and the kettle secured with the use of two "keys" one releases the back of the kettle so that it could pivot on the front hinge to pour while still on the stand. The key to the front can also be released removing the kettle completely. There is a burner below which would have been filled with fuel to light the wick, keeping the water hot and ready to top-up the teapot.
The backside has retained the original and highly decorative monogram. The handle is made from silverplate with two insulators keeping it cool to the touch. Excellent condition and a grand large size, measuring 15" tall to top of handle and 11" across from tip of spout.
The underside has a full mark for the top notch silversmith, THOMAS BRADBURY & SONS of Sheffield.