I was gifted this antique silver tea set from my grandparents. It have old hallmarks on it and has ivory in the handles. Wanted to know what I could get for it. I think that the one of the marks (RS) is for Richard Sawer, Dublin - req 1797. silversmith - 2 Salus Court, Fishamble St. died 1812. But the issue is that it matches the (RS) that I looked up but it has a boarder around the (RS) that matches the boarder of the Royal Irish Silver Co. I think that one mark (h) is for the year 1853. These marks are on two of the pieces. Then on the two others in the set have a mark (JS) which I believe is for John Smith - Dublin - reg 1827 - silversmith - 12 Grafton St. (1827) Craredon St. (1850). It has a (M) year mark with I believe is for the year 1882. These two pieces also have MARSH on them stamped? Dont know what those mean. On all 4 pieces, it has three other marks that I don't know.. One looks like an Eire/Harp with a crown on top of it One looks like a guy standing over something One looks like a lady facing left with a small ponytail like hair on the back On the plater, there is a couple stars and a Crest on it that says Crede Deo - Latin for "Trust in God" J H H Atkinson Coat of Arms James Henry Hollis Atkinson, son of Thomas Bradford Lieutenant-General British Army https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bradford-5809 James Henry Hollis (Bradford) Atkinson (1819 - 1871) James was born in London, England in 1819. His father Sir Thomas Bradford married Mary, the daughter of James Atkinson of Newcastle. James, his eldest son later changed his surname to Atkinson in compliance with the will of one Ralph Atkinson. He was a landowner and magistrate. In 1840 he married Ann Louisa Ellice. He passed away in Morpeth, Northumberland in 1871. Atkinson (Angerton, near Morpeth, co. Northumberland). Erm. on a fesse double cottised gu. betw. three pheons az. a lion pass. betw. two roses ar. Crest — On a mount betw. two roses stalked and leaved ppr. a pheon az. Motto — Crede Deo. Northumberland, Hartburn James Henry Hollis Atkinson of Angerton Hall, died 1871 James was born in 1819 in London. He was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Bradford second husband of Mary Ann flic.kr/p/LFwqo daughter of James Atkinson of Newcastle c1838 he took the name and arms of Atkinson in compliance with the will of Ralph Atkinson. His paternal grandparents were Thomas Bradford and Elizabeth Otter. He had a half-brother and a half-sister, named Charles and Mary Ainslie from his mother's first marriage He described himself as a landowner and magistrate.
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It is a beautiful antique tea and coffeeset. Such antique silver coffee and teasets are being offered at auction on a regular basis.
The elaborate design and decoration of the set is very special and well done. This was typical of the early to mid 1800s when your teaset was produced.
The marks that you describe are most certainly the makers marks. In this particular era it furniture and other household goods were made in a certain style and manner and copied widely by many different furnituremakers and in this case silversmiths. This could explain the different makers. The mark you describe with the Harp is the townmark for Dublin, Ireland. The letter mark is the year letter and the profile is the duty mark on the silver. Today these kinds of coffee and tea sets have gone out of fashion. People rarely use them at home and therefore the prices have dropped. However it is not that often you see a complete set with both tea and coffee pot and a tray whichI believe that would attract the attention of both collectors and dealers if it came up for auction.
The estimate provided is for a well-advertised specialised online silver auction, where I believe the set has the best chance of realising its fullest potential. However, there is no measurement for the sentimental value you might attach to the lovely set. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and vary.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help.