Colonial Silver Brandy Warmer by Robert Hamilton & Co.
height (to the top of the handle): 15cm,
length: 25cm, weight: 520g
This colonial brandy warmer is particularly pleasing for its shape and the beautiful colour of the silver. The warmer is stamped to the base with marks for Robert Hamilton & Co, a colonial silversmithing firm that operated in Calcutta between around 1808 and 1817 (Wilkinson, 1973).
The lid fits tightly and is surmounted by a turned horn finial. The turned handle is also of horn.
Unusually, the interior includes a prominent silver grate over the exit to the pourer – perhaps to hold back chunkier spices and herbs such as cinnamon bark.
See Wilkinson (1973, ) for a similar Robert Hamilton brandy warmer.Both the lid and the base are engraved finely with a family crest which incorporates a boar.
The example here is in excellent condition. It is free of dents or splits. The horn mounts are original and without chips or splits.
Wilkinson, W.R.T, Indian Colonial Silver: European Silversmiths in India (1790-1860) and their Marks, Argent Press, 1973.Provenance:
UK art market
Inventory no.: 2985
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