A Rare Victorian Hallmarked Sterling Silver 3 piece Batchelors Tea Set by William Gibson. The Teapot is 8 1/4" handle to spout and 4 3/4" in height and 3 5/8 in width with a weight of 9.7 oz or 274 grams. The Sugar Bowl is 3" in height and 5 1/8" handle to handle with a width of 2 1/2 and a weight of 3.7 oz or 106 grams. The Cream Jug is 3" in height and 3 3/4" handle to spout and has a width of 2 with a weight of 2.5 oz or 70 grams. The Total weight of the entire set being 15.9 oz or 450 grams.The whole set just says quality to you every piece sitting on an oval base with a excellent Oval shape with a ribbed design with the teapot having an excellent flowing spout with an Angular "C" shaped handle complete with scrolled thumb piece with the centre domed hinged lid finished with a turned finial with the sugar bowl and cream jug having matching angular "C" shaped handles with a beaded upper rim and a gilt finish to the interior. The Set is free of any Initials or Monograms. The Set is marked to the Base for Gibson Belfast. William Gibson was born in 1838, the son of a small farmer in Drumbroneth, Dromore, Co. As a boy he was apprenticed to his brother-in-law, James Crozier, who had a watchmaking establishment in North Street, Belfast.
At the age of 27, Gibson set up his own business in North Street, and after this was damaged in the 1864 Riots he opened new premises on the corner of Donegall Place with Castle Place, which became known as Gibsons Corner. He took over the businesses of two successful jewellers, Hugh McCormick and Joseph Lee, and his business expanded to include factories in Clerkenwell, London and the Rue Martel, Paris.In 1880, Gibson went into partnership with John Langman and founded the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company in Regent Street, London. In 1898 this became The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co. And their hallmark changed from W. They produced diamonds, jewellery, wedding gifts, watches, clocks, silver and electroplated goods. The premises on the corner of Regent Street with Glasshouse Street extended to a quarter of an acre, and included a tea room. In 1928 the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co. Premises were totally rebuilt and in 1952 they amalgamated with Garrard & Co. In 1891 Gibson took over Mappin Bros of Sheffield and London and registered his business as Messrs. The Company exhibited in Paris, where Gibson was awarded the Cross of the Legion dHonneur, and in Philadelphia and Chicago.
The warehouse in Donegall Place and Castle Place was the principal source of supply in Belfast for the watch-making and jewellery trades. The Set is in Excellent Condition both inside and out. Lion Passant - Sterling Mark. Town Mark - Leopards Head - London. Date letter - a -1896.
With the Sugar Bowl and Cream Jug having the same hallmarks with the teapot also hallmarked to the inside of the lid. Each piece is also marked to the base "GIBSON BELFAST". A Rare Victorian Hallmarked Sterling Silver 3 piece Batchelors Tea Set Guaranteed to please. If you have any questions please contact me. The item "RARE VICTORIAN HM STERLING SILVER 3 piece BATCHELORS TEA SET 1896" is in sale since Wednesday, August 21, 2019.This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Teapots & Sets". The seller is "samsamboy2015" and is located in Penrith. This item can be shipped worldwide.