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Tea caddy: M.2-1990

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Bateman, Peter
Silversmith: Bateman, Ann
Silversmith: Bateman, William silversmith




Silver; bright cut borders and engraved armorials

Silver; the oval body with two compartments, beneath a stepped and slightly domed cover surmounted by a stained bone pineapple finial on a silver cast leaf-shaped calyx. The lid is secured by a lock at the centre front, opposite a concealed hinge. The top and lower edge of the caddy have applied bands of reeding. The sides are decorated with a lower border of alternating roundels and leaves reserved in a striated band with narrow bands of engine turning above and below; the upper border is of bright-cut paterae, Vitruvian scrolls and foliage. The lid has borders of machine engraved decoration. Below the lock is a crest of a boar's head over the initials 'JML'. On the back is engraved a coat of arms, sable goutté argent, a canton ermine.


History note: Cossey, Ada Frances who bequeathed the tea caddy to Mrs Richards

Legal notes

Given in memory of Ada Frances Cossey, Newnham College, by Mrs. P.W. Richards

Measurements and weight

Weight: 430 g
Weight: 13: 16 oz: dwt

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1990-01-22) by Richards, P. W., Mrs.


George III
Production date: AD 1800 : Peter, Ann and William Bateman registered their mark in January 1800

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

To The Finial Height 17 cm Height 6⅝ in
Across The Base Width 14.7 cm Width 5¾ in

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'PB' over 'AB'
  • Location: On the base and inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the base and inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: monarch's head

  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: D
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-1990
Primary reference Number: 157642
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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