An 18th Century Irish Silver Coffee Pot by William Williamson 1730 - 35


A fine early 18th century Irish silver coffee pot of baluster tapering cylindrical form with rounded base upon a moulded circular foot. The cast spout with acanthus tip and stylised shell form base, opposite an ebonised double C scroll handle. The hinged domed lid surmounted by a bell-form knop finial. The side later engraved with a crest of a mural coronet, a pomeis of the shield azure, between two wings displayed. The crest is that of Heathcote.

Hallmarked with the hibernia standard mark and the Dublin city mark - the standard hallmarks for Irish sterling silver. The maker’s mark is for William Williamson. The lid is also Hallmarked with the harp and hibernia. There is no date letter which is not unusual for early Irish silver.

The pot is in altogether excellent condition with no damage or repair. The hallmarks are somewhat rubbed on the body but very clear on the lid. A good hinge and original wooden handle firm in its silver mounts.

William Williamson was a very fine maker and worked in the early 1730’s so this pot was made in about 1730-35.

Really unusual to find early Irish silver in this fine condition by one of the most important of the Irish silversmiths of the period.

Height – 23.5 cm or 9.25 inches

Weight (including handle) – 861g, 30.3oz or 27.68 ozt

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