Expert Appreciation - George II silver tea canisters and sugar box

Continuing the series of previews of outstanding items in our Thursday 9th June Summer Auction, our silver specialist Craig Bennett introduces one of his favorite lots 

Amongst the wide range of silver in the sale, the standout lot for me must be the pair of George II silver tea canisters and sugar box.  With tea in Georgian England being so highly prized, this set would certainly be worthy to hold the two precious teas (green tea from China and black tea from India) and the sugar, which was as expensive as the tea. While Georgian silver may not be at the height of popularity with collectors, to find a set of this quality is something special.  Dating from 1750, this fine example comes from the workshop of Samuel Herbert, a highly regarded silversmith whose work can be found in many stately homes and museums across the world.  What’s particularly nice about this set is the fitted ebonised box and the outer carry case with it’s wax seal, something you don’t see often.  With an estimate of £3,000 to £5,000 (+B.P) we expect a lot of interest from around the globe.