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Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Reference: S1465
Period: George II
Year: 1754
Silversmith: Andreas Cornelis Muller
Place: Rotterdam
Price: $ 1 900.00
Weight: 200 grams
Dimensions: 15.8 cm height, 7.0*5.5 cm at widest.
Condition: Excellent. No scratches or dents, base flat, lid fits snugly. Very tiny (2 mm) split in rim of base, barely visible.

Description: A magnificent and rare Dutch silver tea caddy, octagonal with baluster shape, with pull off domed lid with 4 sided pointed terminal. The caddy has lovely decoration, combining flowers, shells and acanthus leaves in a simple but effective style. The decoration is all hand engraved, and is a little crude. The caddy is well made and is a good weight, individual hammer marks can be seen on the inside. The caddy is quite small, as is usual for these early octagonal baluster tea caddies, when tea was an expensive commodity. Tea would have been poured from the caddy directly into the teapot, this style pre-dates caddy spoons (Delieb, Investing in Silver, pg 27, where an English version of similar style to this caddy is depicted). The hallmarks are clear and include date letter V for 1754, makers mark V.M in heart for Andreas Cornelis Muller (Schadee, Zilverschatten, Drie Eeuwen Rotterdams Zilver, pg 233), citymark for Rotterdam, Dutch lion assay mark (935 silver, this is higher grade silver than sterling 925 standard). The caddy also has an additional hallmark, the letter N in script, which indicates an additional tax paid in 1795. This mark is present on the base and the lid. Andreas Muller was born in 1728, he died in 1818.
Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Dutch silver tea caddy - Rotterdam Zilver

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Dutch silver tea caddy - detail 1

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Detail 2

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Detail 3

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Finial

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Base

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Interior of lid

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Dutch silver hallmarks - Rotterdam

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
Hallmark 2

Dutch Silver Tea Caddy - Rotterdam Zilver
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