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Title: Tea Service
Name: Tea Service
Date: c. 1821-1826
Medium: Silver
Dimensions: A: 2 1/2 × 29 × 17 3/4 in. (6.4 × 73.7 × 45.1 cm) B: 1 × 6 in. (2.5 × 15.2 cm) C: 4 3/4 × 8 1/2 in. (12.1 × 21.6 cm) D: 4 3/4 × 5 1/2 in. (12.1 × 14 cm) E: 5 1/2 × 11 in. (14 × 27.9 cm)
Marks: Tray (a) marks: lion passant, uncrowned leopard's head, date mark "l"; king's head, makers mark, maker Wm. Bateman (Wyler page 169) dates to 1826 b-e pieces date to 1821-Sheffield assay. Lion passant with George IV duty mark (1820) makers mark S.C. Youg & Co. (Wyler page 200-201)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Metal
Credit Line: Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the Ann and Henry Brunnier Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: 4.8.6a-e
More Information
Although the tea service and tray above are not a matching set, it was common for silver to be mixed in order to create a complete service. The first complete tea service included a teapot, a sugar and a creamer, made about 1790. During the 1820s, when these objects were made, the trend toward large and matching sets was just beginning, reaching its height during the middle of the nineteenth century.

The tray is made by William Bateman I, who was apprenticed to his father from 1789 to 1791, becoming a fourth generation silversmith. The Bateman family members were among the most popular silversmiths of their time, and, in addition to William, included Anne, Hester, Jonathan, and Peter. Their work reflects a mastery of silversmithing techniques developed during the rigorous apprenticeships required of each member by family tradition.