This is an exceptional quality, beautiful condition, aesthetic movement silver plated tea service by the Atkins Brothers of Sheffield, England. It comes complete with a large engraved silver plated floral rimmed butlers tray by the Cooper Brothers of Sheffield. They both date from the late Victorian period, circa 1890.
The tea service consists of a tea kettle and stand with spirit burner, a teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug. All the tea service items are engraved with an acanthus leaf and swagged floral design in the shape of a shield, the back facing shield on each item has been engraved with the letter B.
The tea service is generally of rectangular shape, each item with a tiered foot, the milk jug and sugar bowl have a scalloped upper edge and a gilded interior. The teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl have flat topped square sectioned handles. Both the teapot and tea kettle have insulated handles.
Each item in the tea service is marked underneath with the Atkins brothers trademark, a hand holding the Prince of Wales feathers. The registered design number of 114771 which dates to 1889. The serial number 4533 and the mark HA EA FA for Harry Wright Atkin, Edward Thomas Atkin and Frank Shaw Atkin, Atkin Brothers of the Truro Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire), England.
The twin handled butler's tray dates from the same period but is engraved with a different design with a generously moulded applied border rim of scrolling leaves and flowers. This was made by the Cooper Brothers of the Don Plate works, Arundel Street, Sheffield.
The tray is 24 3/4 inches long and 15 1/2 inches wide and weighs 3.45kg unpacked. The tea kettle weighs 1415g, teapot 722g, sugar bowl 373g and milk jug 194g. Total unpacked shipping weight 6.154 kg.
This is an exceptional quality antique tea set in excellent condition, a very decorative piece for display and very suitable for use.