1880 REED & BARTON VICTORIAN AESTHETIC GILT ORNATE BACHELOR CHOCOLATE TEA SET. T he Reed & Barton story began in 1824, when Isaac Babbitt created a new metal alloy - "Britannia metal" - in his Taunton, Massachusetts pewter shop.
Babbitt joined forces with craftsmen Henry G. Barton to produce this innovative, higher quality pewter ware. When Babbitt encountered financial difficulties, Reed & Barton offered to take control and began manufacturing products under their own names. The fledgling company's goods reflected uncompromising standards of excellence, starting with its initial silverplate products and extending to the exquisite sterling silver creations that resulted from the silver discoveries of the late 1800s.Gilt/ Gilding is a decorative technique for applying a very thin coating of gold over solid surfaces such as metal (most common), wood, porelain , or stone. A gilded object is also described as "gilt". Where metal is gilded, the metal below was traditionally silver in the West, to make silver-gilt (or vermeil) objects, but gilt- bronze is commonly used in China, and also called ormolu If it is Western. Methods of gilding include hand application and gluing, typically of gold , chemical gilding, and electroplating , the last also called gold plating Parcel-gilt (partial gilt) objects are only gilded over part of their surfaces. This may mean that all of the inside, and none of the outside, of a chalice or similar vessel is gilded, or that patterns or images are made up by using a combination of gilt and non gilded areas. Scarce three pieces chocolate/tea in very good used conditions, silver gilt layered showing shallow nicks and scratches mostly to the bellies no major dents or monogram clean insides with some signs of tear and wear as pictured, white metal base perfectly safe for food consumption, there is no leaks or repairs, strong hinge and handles, both insulators and metal covered bottoms, overall sturdy quality manufacture with outstanding detail to the applied solid castings around the base collars and shaping handles & final, vibrant rich soft patina enhancing each piece, Teapot 9 1/4" by 10 1/2" shy 2.0 lbs. Weight, large lidded sugar urn 7" by 81/4", Creamer jug 4 1/4" by 6". This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Tea/Coffee Pots & Sets".
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