A extremely rare mahogany-cased sterling silver gilt mounted glass tea service by London silversmith William Rudkins. Each piece is of exceptional quality and includes a tea caddy, jug, and caddy bowl; each with square pyramid-shaped cut-glass sides, radiating design to the bases, and silver gilt reeded band. The jug features an interesting Greek key handle. Engraved floral swag escutcheon. Contains a pair of matching silver gilt sugar tongs.
The Box itself is veneered in Mahogany with a chequered tulip wood cross banding all round, the top has a gilded carry handle matching the silver gilt service.
This extremely rare Georgian boxed tea service comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.
WILLIAM RUDKINS (worked from c.1760)
14 cm (5 1/2")
36 cm (14 1/4")
22 cm (8 3/4")
Wood, Glass, Silver
This tea caddy was exhibited at the East India Company, 7/8 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XF