Silver kettle and stand made in Perth

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Silver kettle and stand made in Perth

This silver kettle and stand were made in Perth by Robert Keay but have marks for Edinburgh 1839-40.

The kettle has a wicker-covered handle and a wooden finial on top of the domed, hinged lid. The kettle sides are engraved with swags of leaves and flowers and the arms of the family, Paton. The stand has four reeded, wedge-shaped feet.

An 1784 act required every silversmith in Scotland to send his wares to Edinburgh for marking. Although not rigorously enforced, most silversmiths in Glasgow and some in Perth, Aberdeen and Dundee followed this rule.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-045-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1074 B
Date: 1839 - 1840
1839 - 1840
Material: Silver. Inscription: RK; [Edinburgh mark]; [1839 - 1840 date mark, gothic]
Silver. Inscription: RK; [Edinburgh mark]; [1839 - 1840 date mark, gothic]
Dimensions: 223 mm H x 242 mm L x 154 mm depth
25 mm H x 218 mm W x 185 mm depth
What: Stand, tea kettle
Tea kettle
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Paton
Robert Keay, Perth (Silversmith)
Robert Keay, Perth (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Perthshire, Perth
Scotland, Perthshire, Perth
Description: Oval, straight-sided silver tea-kettle by Robert Keay, Perth, with Edinburgh marks for 1839 - 1840, engraved with arms for Paton
Oval stand on four reeded wedge-shaped feet for silver tea-kettle MEQ 1074 A, by Robert Keay, Perth, 1839 - 1840
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