Samuel Taylor

A George II Silver Tea Caddy Set with Fitted Box

Samuel Taylor

A George II Silver Tea Caddy Set with Fitted Box

By Samuel Taylor
London, 1751

Weight: 39 oz 5 dwt gross, 1225 g
Height of tea caddy: 5 1/4 in.; length of box 12 in., 13.3 cm; 30.5 cm

Comprised of a sugar bowl and two tea caddies with original lead liners, all chased with borders of flowers and engraved with arms in a rococo cartouche, the covers crested and with shell finials, in a fitted rosewood box with brass inlay, with key caddies marked on sliding bases, sugar bowl marked under base and cover.


Son of Thomas Taylor Citizen and Weaver of London, apprenticed to John Newton 3 March 1737 on payment of £18.18s. Free, 3 April 1744. Livery, May 1751. First mark entered as largeworker, 3 May 1744. Address: Maiden Lane, Wood Street. Second mark, 27 January 1757. He appears as plateworker, at the same address, in the Parl. Report list 1773. Heal records the name as jeweller, corner of Lad Lane, Wood Street, 1744-57, jeweller, Bartholomew Close, 1762 (perhaps another); jeweller and clockmaker, Maiden Lane, Wood Street, 1773; and 10 Ball Alley, Lombard Street, 1807-10 (the latter undoubtedly another). Like his master, whose business he probably succeeded to, since Newton was finally in Maiden Lane, Taylor was a specialist in tea-caddies and sugar-bowls, and his mark is rarely, if ever, found on pieces outside this category. His work is competent, if somewhat monotonous in its constant used of floral chasing.

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