Unlike the utilitarian copper kettles found in the kitchen, these fancy kettles were an indispensable accessory for the formal tea party, held in the parlour or sitting room. Also known as spirit kettles, they were popular during the whole of the 18th and 19th centuries, and were originally used for replenishing the teapot. They were sometimes one of the components of a tea set, but most examples appearing on the market in Australia are singles. Most stands had four legs, with the burner situated at mid height between the four legs, allowing the presence or otherwise of a flame to be seen. Some kettles were attached to the stand with a chain, secured by a removable locking pin. The burners were removable from the frame for cleaning purposes
A Victorian hinged sterling silver spirit kettle, 1885 Sheffield, with maker's mark Wg/Jl for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co, in the George III manner with a serpentine handle above a flat top with a small dome with finial, the gently bulbous body bearing
A rare George III silver spirit kettle on stand, plain tapered oval form, the mildly concave oval fitted lid with ivory finial, the overhead handle with cane binding, some distress, the four-way concave platform stand with shaped legs and lug supports, ori
English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian kettle on burner stand having a squat form body with foliate decoration, a hinged lid with a floral finial, sitting on an original burner stand with retaining pins and three cast scrolled feet. Sheffield, 1872,
A fine Chinese.900 silver spirit kettle. Qing Dynasty, circa 1900, maker's marks, Wf, for wing fat, Canton/Hong Kong. A heavy gauge tapering hexagonal kettle with a domed lid, embellished with cast and chased birds amidst auspicious foliage and flowers, on
A George III sterling silver campaign spirit kettle and burner. 1784 London, with maker's marks for probably John Scofield, the oval tapering kettle of plain form having a low removable lid with a timber finial, a simple shaped strap handle and long spout,
A Chinese export silver tea kettle on stand and burner, by wing Nam & Co, 65 Queens Road, Hong Kong, circa 1900, the body embossed with chrysanthemums with bamboo swing handle and raised on a bamboo stand 30 cm 1070gms
An Edward VII silver tea kettle, stand and burner, by Barker Brothers, Chester, 1917, with partly fluted body and gadrooned and leaf rim, the stand raised on three leaf capped legs and shell pad feet, 33 cm high, 1500gms(48.3ozs). Provenance: Shepherds Mar
A Victorian silver hot water kettle, footed stand and burner, Edward, John and William Barnard London 1840, the generous tapered melon-shaped body mounted with upright handle and chased scrolled floral reserves, mounted on a well cast and pierced footed st
A George II silver tea kettle on stand, Thomas Mason, London 1734 the globular body with gadrooned border and cane work handle, circular stand on three scrolled legs with shell feet 1535GMS, 30 cm high
A George III sterling silver oval campaign tea kettle, stand and burner by John Scofield, London 1784, the plain body engraved with a Ducal crest, initials 'Gr' and a later coat of arms, raised on a stand with four pad feet, detachable well and burner, ful
A Deco sterling silver spirit kettle, circa 1912 James Dixon & Sonss Sheffield, the cylindrical bar handle on scroll supports above a flattened kettle with spout standing on a tripod base with central burner and pad feet. Weight 1033gr. Height 23.5 cm.
A heavy late Victorian period silver tea kettle on stand, oval section with fluted cornets and highly decorative flat chased decoration of classical floral design, the ornate stand with four lions paw feet and original spirits burner. Sheffield 1890. J Dix
George V sterling silver spirit kettle, London 1913 modelled with an ebonised handle and finial, leading to a gadrooned tapered body, resting on an oval stand, with reeded legs and paw feet, United with scrolled supports and spirit burner. Height overall w
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