Early Samuel Kirk Silver Five Piece Tea Service
Comprising a teapot, cream jug, covered sugar bowl, waste bowl and hot water kettle, each chased with birds and baskets on foliate ground, the upswept angular handles with rams mask terminals, the sugar and waste bowls with crenelated castle top rim. Height of kettle 10 1/2 inches, total approximately 160 ounces, all in.
An early tea service by America's oldest silversmiths, Samuel Kirk built his small Baltimore shop into the great house that transformed American tastes with their classic floral repousse pattern introduced about 1825. Repousse was a technique used in Antiquity to decorate silver and metal and was perfected by Kirk in their rich floral patterns. This tea service incorporates birds and baskets amongst the flowers and foliage. A tea service of this size and quality would have been ordered by one of Kirk's wealthy clients, among whom was counted President James Monroe and his family.
C Property of a Connecticut Collector
Additional Notes & Condition Report
teapot 7 1/2 in. ht x 11 in. long
cream 11 1/2 in. ht.
sugar 9 1/4 in. ht.
waste 7 1/4 in. ht.
Generally good condition overall; insulators replaced (please see updated image online); each initialed "D", good detail to decoration; clearly hallmarked undersides; good gauge
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