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Coffee pot: MAR.M.21-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Swift, John




Silver; tall pear-shaped body embossed with Rococo scrolls and flowers

Silver; the tall pear-shaped body is embossed with sprays of leaves and flowers. The top of the swan's neck spout is leaf capped, the lower part embossed with flutes and a stylised shell. The body stands on a spreading circular foot. The domed cover is embossed with sprays of flowers and has a wythern silver knop. The double scroll handle is of wood.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Mid 18th Century
George III
1763 CE - 1764 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Handle composed of wood
To Knop Height 28.8 cm Height 11⅜ in
Gross Weight 1020 g Weight 32.16 oz: dwt
Spout To Handle Width 23.5 cm Width 9¼ in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Embossing : Silver, embossed and chased

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: Near the rim, to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: To the right of the handle, and the inside rim of the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark
  • Text: h
  • Location: Near the rim, to the right of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: JS
  • Location: To the right of the handle, and the inside rim of the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.21-1912
Primary reference Number: 119228
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 28 November 2018 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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