A striking 1839 London sterling teapot with ivory separators by Charles Fox, member of an important 19th century London goldsmith family. This is one of those graceful low bulbous designs with a very pronounced handle and spout which seems to soar, very stable. Nice floral & vine design. Good detail of design on the under side of the spout as well. Finial on the hinged top is attached by a wing nut. Full London marks on the bottom, date code (fancy "D") for 1839 (2nd year of Queen Victoria's reign) & maker's mark for Charles Fox. Marks repeated on handle and cover. There is no monogram, but a wonderful unicorn head armorial which belongs to the House of Beale of Surrey (see note below).
10.3" wide x 5" high with 6.5" diameter at shoulder. Several small pin head dings as might be expected of an antique vessel, not readily visible; handle slightly loose but still secure. Very good condition, nice patina. A lovely antique sterling teapot of fine form and nice design.
Claim this wonderful early Victorian sterling teapot with this unicorn coat of arms and its well recorded history!
Note: This coat of arms is discussed by Howard in his "Chinese Armorial Export Porcelain". The Beales were a big deal in the old East India Company during the 18th & early 19th century. Howard found manifests which recorded their orders of extensive Chinese export armorial services in the early 1800s. It was absolutely top of the line in quality and thousands of pieces in quantity. We can assume they ordered the best quality silver to match. They seemed to like understated quality and finding the decoration under the spout (plain top) is a good example. And this decoration has an Indian flavor.
The family line sort of ran out around the beginning of the 20th century and the services were sold by Sothebys. A large portion was sold again some years later at which time a substantial part were brought here to America. You can occasionally see a plate or a spoon in both silver and porcelain. But it is very hard to find serving pieces. Nice thing about these porcelain and silver sets is that there appear to be no monogram on the pieces, only the fun unicorn.