James Dixon silver plated Gourd shaped tea pot with engraved floral design scroll spout & handle cast melon knob - antique early Victorian c 1850
A lovely, antique, early Victorian gourd shaped silver plated tea pot by James Dixon and sons circa 1850. This is a very decorative looking and useful tea pot from the second quarter of 19th century. It is of a ribbed gourd shape with engraving and is sat on four ornate cast scroll feet. The knob on the lid is naturalistically cast in the shape of a melon or pumpkin.
The body has two large central ornate floriate scrolls either side, on each side of these scrolls are large engraved flowering plants. The S shaped spout is cast with ribs to imitate the body and the insulated scroll handle has a large scroll and beaded thumb rest and is stamped on the inside patent non-conductor. The handle has cast grapevine terminals.
The base is stamped with the mark James Dixon and Sons, Britannia Metal Electroplated the serial number 6989 also the number 5. James Dixon and Sons operated from Cornish Place, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. This mark dates from the period 1842 -1851. (ref 1).
The teapot is in good antique condition with some wear to the plate particularly on the handle and the lid knob. The internals are exceptionally bright and clean. The insulators have shrunk slightly. It is difficult to take images of silver plate without getting some reflection of the camera in the body. This large teapot has a maximum capacity of about 2 1/4 pints and is an excellent pourer.
This is a very attractive antique high quality silver plated tea pot, highly decorative for either display or use.
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Height: 18.7 cm - 7 3/8”
Length: 26.5 cm - 10 3/8”
Width: 16 cm - 6.3/8”
Weight unpacked 983 grammes