I'm listing this superb melon shaped Coffee and Tea Set as vintage but believe it was made Circa 1920's or before due to the mark. The stamped marks are ascribed to Gerrard & Company of Regent Street London England. The company was the preferred jeweler and silversmiths of Queen Victoria through the current Queen Elizabeth. The George III Regency style was popular in the 1820s then revived in the late 19th century and again in the 1920s. This set along with the serving tray with the same mark which is offered separately belonged to a prominent eastern and Midwest family passed down to the current client owner. The set is in superb condition as pictured featuring pumpkin melon finials, superb melon shaped bodies, bird spouts, and Kings pattern shell feet.
The set consists of a footed coffee pot measuring approximately 8.5" high by 10" from spout to handle and 7" in diameter. The teapot measures approximately 6.5" high with a 7" diameter belly, the covered sugar measures approx 6.5" high and the creamer 4" high.
This superbly fine craftsmanship and high quality Sheffield plate (silver on copper) is very hard to find, a truly high quality coffee and tea set service. If you need a tray, it is by the same maker and same superb quality.
History: Ref. Silver Collection.it
Founder of the firm was John Wickes in 1722. In 1802 Robert Garrard (senior) took the control of the firm active in Panton Street, Haymarket, London. In 1818 he was succeed by his three eldest sons, Robert Garrard Jr, James Garrard and Sebastian Garrard trading as R, J & S. Garrard. The firm became R. & S. Garrard in 1835, R. & S. Garrard & Co in 1843 and Garrard & Co Ltd in 1909. In 1952 the firm was amalgamated with Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd.
Garrard merged with the jewellery firm Asprey in 1998 to become Asprey & Garrard, moving from 112 Regent Street to premises on New Bond Street. Asprey & Garrard was bought by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, a younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei, in 1995, and later acquired by private investors Lawrence Stroll and Silas Chou in 2000. The company demerged in 2002, with Garrard returning to the Albemarle Street site it first occupied in 1911. Garrard was acquired by the US private equity firm Yucaipa Cos. in 2006, ending its partnership with Asprey. Garrard was crown jeweler since 1735 when George Wickes was appointed as goldsmith to the Prince of Wales. The 19th century continued with a succession of famous commissions for Royalty and in 1843 Queen Victoria bestowed the honour of Crown Jeweler on the company. Garrard has served six successive monarchs. On 15 July 2007 an announcement was made in the Court Circular, under Buckingham Palace, that Garrard & Co's services as crown jeweler were no longer required, with the reason cited being that it was simply 'time for a change'. G. Collins and Sons were appointed the new Crown Jewelers.
Superb Coffee Tea Set Service George III Sheffield Plate Silver on Copper