The lids are further shaped in a raised rib design that extends from below the textured feather-shaped leaves of the finial and end with a raised leaf design. An acorn sits on top of the finial and each finial is a separately formed piece of silver that is attached to the lid with a screw tightened from the inside of the lid.
The hinges are original, fit correctly and work properly. There is some variation in the marks on the 5-pieces of the set, however, each piece is either marked "Coin" or "Pure Coin", Bigelow Bros.
There is also a maker's punch which contains an eagle and initials below which appear to be "F L" on each piece. One piece is also further stamped with five eagle punch marks in a row in addition to all of the above marks. Were Boston silver makers from 1840 to 1845 and Kennard was added to the mark from 1848 to 1860.
This stunning set was unquestionably made in the early to mid part of the 19th Century when the use of Coin Silver was popular. The complete 5-piece Coin Silver set weighs 136.10 ounces (not including the tray which alone weighs about 7 pounds). The set consists of two identical pieces which could be considered as two teapots or a coffee pot and a teapot, a covered sugar, a covered creamer and an open "waste" which held hot water for rinsing teaspoons after they were used. This large set rests comfortably on the large silver tray measuring 27" long, 16 1/2" wide and 1 1/2 deep at the sides.
The tray has a beautifully engraved interior with a large cartouche for monogramming, however, it has never been engraved. The outer border of the tray has the same elaborate decoration as each of the Coin Silver pieces and is marked on the bottom with a "punch" mark that has an urn inside.Teapot #1: 7 7/8" high, 10" wide with a 4 3/8 diameter base - weighs 32 ounces. Teapot #2: 7 7/8" high, 10 wide with a 4 3/8" diameter base - weighs 31.4 ounces. Covered Sugar: 7 1/8" high, 8 1/4" wide with a 3 7/8 diameter base - weighs 26.1 ounces. Covered Creamer: 7 1/2" high, 6" wide with a 3 1/8 diameter base - weighs 16.03 ounces. Waste: 4 3/8" high with a 5 3/8" diameter top - weighs 31.2 ounces. It was difficult to decide which photos to include in this listing as there was not adequate room to include all the photos I would have liked to attach. I have collected RARE English and American silver for the past 20 years and it will be difficult to part with this set, however, it is time for a new owner who has the space to display the set and will enjoy using it. This is an INVESTMENT set of Boston Coin Silver at its best! THIS 5-PC COIN SILVER TEA SET HAS BEEN LOVINGLY CARED FOR AND IS IN EXCELLENT ESTATE CONDITION WITH NO NOTED DENTS, DINGS OR SCRATCHES!!! The tray is also in excellent condition, however, shows normal wear from having the silver sitting on its top for 100+ years. You will find no fault whatsoever on this FABULOUS and RARE set!
You will enjoy each piece every time it is used and enjoy just looking at this STUNNING set when on display! We at Antiques & Moore have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business!
The item "AMERICAN COIN SILVER 5-PC TEA SET, MATCHING S/PLATE TRAY, BOSTON, c. MID-1800's" is in sale since Monday, July 25, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Coin Silver (. The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
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