English sterling silver tea urn in a Rococo style by Elizabeth Godfrey, bearing 2 full sets of London Hallmarks for 1761 plus a Lion Passant and date letter, f, on the lid.
This scarce and desirable product of a notable English woman silversmith has a large bellied body with figural shell mask handles and an applied fluted top rim. The striking base has conforming swing handles, a gadroon decorated square base having a fluted crown collar. All four of the handles have their original wooden inserts and the tap handle is carved wood. The spout has a fluted socket and a griffon head. The lid has a fluted collar and an urn finial.
Weighing an impressive 83.15 ozs. Troy, this formidable tea urn is 17 3/4" tall, 10 5/8" across the handles and 9 1/2" across the spout.
One of the handle inserts on the base has losses.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing. The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.