Early Victoeian Hand Engraved Silver Teapot
Early Victorian sterling silver teapot by Benjamin Preston 1844
Circular octagonal formed sterling silver teapot. Eight sections comprising of elaborate hand engraved panels detailing scrolls, fauna & flora with chased floral bouquet. Two panels with cartouche, one with lion crest, the other with floral scroll.
The lid is encased with four scroll formed risers with engraved detail to lid perimeter to finalise with a bud finial, lid assayed to inside with finial bud also hallmarked. The handle is secured by two elaborate ferrules with ivory insulators. The handle has thumb rest to top with partial engraving detail & assay marks near connection. Spout connect complimenting scroll detail to lid with partial engraving. The teapot sits on an elaborate base with four scroll feet, teapot assayed to base with a full set of London assay marks.
Engraving is rubbed to surface from polishing with some engraving definition light in places. Surface marks with light marking as expected. Light marks to corners of octagonal sections with some fine surface marks. Teapot lid has a little play, sits well in rebate with hinge pin secure, lid assay marks clear. Handle tight in ferrules with pins & ivory insulators secure, assay marks to handle clear & legible. Base feet sit flat & level to the teapot with assay marks clear & decipherable.