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Some silver this time and a bit of a peculiarity that I have come across with Glasgow Tea Services from time to time.
This four piece sterling service carries Glasgow assay offfice marks and is dated 1889, though the water jug is one year later in 1890 and has possibly been added to make up the set.
The unusual `Zodiac` design peculiar to India and other parts of Asia does seem to have been fashionable (though not produced in great numbers) for a time amongst Glasgow silversmiths towards the end of the 19thC.
All four pieces carry the makers mark I believe of James Reid and Company silversmiths of Napiershall Street in Glasgow. Also as seen above the retailers name, James Crichton of George Street Edinburgh who were watchmakers, jewelers and goldsmiths.
A local item but with a touch of the exotic, quite appropriate given Glasgows past and the romance of the tea industry though the 18th and 19th Centuries.
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