Born Hester Needham in London in the early 1700s, there is uncertainty as to her exact date of birth but sources place it between 1704 and 1709. She was born in Clerkenwell, just around the corner from here (the London Silver Vaults). Not much is known about her childhood, but we know she married the goldsmith John Bateman between the years 1729 and 1732. Together they had five children, some of whom were already apprenticing in the family business when John passed away as a result of consumption (TB) in 1760. When John died he left his entire estate and business to his Beloved wife, Hester.She took up the reins and began building up the business. Hester registered her first makers mark HB. At Goldsmiths Hall in 1761. Very few examples of work from her early career are known to exist.
This was probably due to the fact that the Bateman workshop was busy doing commission work for other silversmiths. In the mid 1770's Hester began producing more of her own work and gained a reputation of making desirable silver pieces of her own, specializing in tableware. Things such as sugar baskets, pepper pots, cream jugs, tea caddies and teapots to name just a few, were being made in the Bateman workshops. Finest I believe you will find! Tinges of green are from my heavily treed lot, NO discoloration.
Antique George lll Hallmarked 1777 Hester Bateman London best bright cut engraved (As she was known for) urn shape pierced / reticulated Sterling Silver covered Sugar Bowl with remarkable original perfect scalloped cobalt glass liner, engraved standing lions & cross Coat Of Arms! Measures 6 1/4" tall x 3 1/2" wide, weighs 144 grams without glass liner. Only issue is finial is ever so slightly "pushed in" to one area.
Any reputable silversmith can rectify but I prefer to leave for honest condition description. Please check photos carefully, all my Items are either Estate, Vintage or Antique.Most are not new Items and will have typical age appropriate wear. Hope you will check and bookmark my Auctions for new items listed daily! The item "FANTASTIC Antique 1777 HESTER BATEMAN Georgian Sterling Silver Sugar Urn Bowl" is in sale since Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Sugar Bowls & Tongs". The seller is "antiquesdallas" and is located in Dallas, Texas.
This item can be shipped to United States.