Tea service cream jug - ROM2003_844_2


Tea service cream jug

Maker: Unidentified English maker; Retailed by James Smillie (1782-1841), active in Canada 1819-1841
Medium:Silver and gilt
Geography: Made in England; sold in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Date: c. 1820
11.6 (height) x 15 (width) x 8.6 (depth) cm
Object number: 949.212.4
Credit Line: Bequest of Marian Stimson
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada

For many years, confusion has existed about the attribution of this service. It bears the mark of James Smillie, but as retailer, not as maker. Smillie worked as a silversmith in Edinburgh before immigrating to Quebec City in 1819. He made small articles only, such as snuff boxes and mustard pots. There is little doubt that this tea service was imported from England – the machine-stamped ornamental band on the teapot would not have been made in Canada at this date.

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