Early Victorian Sterling Silver Coffee Pot 1843
"CARPE DIEM" Latin expression "seize the day"
Antique sterling silver coffee pot by James Charles Edington 1843
Segmented Melon form baluster silver coffee pot of substantial weight & quality. This James Edington silver coffee pot is of very good gauge silver creating a well formed & heavy piece. Heavy gauge silver allows the form to be created without thinning of the silver around extremes of form. The weight of the coffee pot near doubles most rivals which creates an impressive & imposing piece. The lid finial has six sectional domed segments, lid is circular with external hinge. Body is melon form in section with eight vertical curves. The front central curve is engraved with crest (unknown) with the phrase CARPE DIEM Latin expression "seize the day". The body is supported by four ornate bracket feet with decorative connections to the base of the coffee pot. The spout is also vertically scalloped with acanthus leaf to top of teapot spout. The Handle is swan neck in design with acanthus leaf thumb rest, ivory insulators between handle & ferrules.
Assay marks are marked to the base & inside of lid with sterling marked to final nut. The coffee pot has a full set of assay marks, date, makers mark, lion passant, duty mark of Queen Victoria & the assay office of London.
This coffee pot is in great condition for age, the coffee pot sits flat & level, free from dents & deep scratches, surface marks as expected. Handle is tight in ferrules with retaining pins secure. Coffee pot lid & hinge are in good order with the coffee pot lid having a small amount of movement. Assay marks along with engraved crest & text show little rubbing, with all be clear & legible.