Overall: 10 x 11 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 25.4 x 28.6 x 14 cm ) Silver Weight: 33 oz (troy) 18 dwt (1055 g)
stamped: on bases: "W.B. HEYER" in a conforming rectangle stamped: on bases below "HEYER" mark: "Hyde & Nevins" in a conforming rectangle Engraving: Teapot spout embellished with foliate engraving on either side at body/spout juncture and at juncture of
Wrought silver teapot; ovoid body applied to splayed feet with applied vertical gadrooned bands, set on four ball feet; applied, seamed die-rolled grapevine design band below the convex shoulder with an applied vertical lip with a gadrooned band around the edge; high, curved, notched serpent-head spout with leaf engraving around the base and neck; high, hinged rectangular domed lid with a gadrooned baluster finial; handle sockets rectangular in section, upper vertical and lower curved, for ebony insulation and rectangular silver handle; makers' marks on base.
The dating of the tea service to 1815-1820 derives from the years Hyde & Nevins are listed in the City directories. William B. Heyer working life extends from 1798 to 1828, thus the mid-career dating. It was believed to be owned by Major-General William Alexander Stirling (1726-1783), but this provenance is incompatible with the dating of the object.
Bequest of Sarah E. Scofield
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.