Rare and Unusual George III Sterling Silver Campaign Coffee Biggin. Assayed in London in 1765. Made by the Royal Goldsmith Thomas Heming. This lovely example of a Georgian Campaign Coffee Biggin sits on 4 cast and applied scroll feet. And remarkably has the original spirit heater.
All the silver components are appropriately hallmarked. It is in remarkable condition for it's age. The ebonized turned wood handle is stout and firm. And the coffee pot handle is still wrapped in woven rattan insulation.
This Biggin measures 7 1/2" (190mm) high, 8 1/2". Wide overall across the handle. 4 5/8" (117mm) deep, and the pot has a diameter of 3 1/2".Weighs 669 grams all in. There are 4 hallmarks on the base of the pot and the underside of the stand. H under a crown' - For Thomas Heming, Grimwade #3828. Date Letter'K' for 1765 London. There are 2 hallmarks on the base of the spirit heater, the pot lid and the underside of the upper deck.
We believe the upper deck of the burner stand could at one time have been hinged. To allow access to the spirit heater with the sides perhaps glazed. Which would explain the hallmarks on the underside of the upper deck. Thomas Heming, or Hemming, apprenticed to Peter Archambo, a very important Huguenot silversmith. And was the Royal Goldsmith.
From 1760 to 1782, thus allowing him to put a crown above the initials of his mark. Please see photos and send us a question if further clarity is required. Please see our other listings for additional Sterling Silver and collectable items.The item "Rare George III Sterling Silver Campaign Coffee Biggin on Stand 1765 London" is in sale since Thursday, November 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Cutlery". The seller is "silver-finder" and is located in Chichester. This item can be shipped worldwide.