English Silverplate Locomotive Tea Urn

  • This exceptionally rare English silverplate tea urn takes the playful form of a locomotive
  • Meticulously crafted by Horace Woodward & Co., it is made of silverplated copper
  • Specially designed to hold hot water for making tea, tea urns held a place of honor on the tea table
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This exceptionally rare English silverplate tea urn takes the playful form of a locomotive. Made to heat and dispense tea, the urn features an opening for tea and an opening for hot water, as well as a container to store sugar cubes. Meticulously crafted by the Birmingham firm of Horace Woodward & Co., it is made of silverplated copper, materials well-suited to high temperatures. Charming details abound, including rivets on the engine’s body, spoked wheels and a train whistle.

Tea urns such as this have a rich history in British culture. Specially designed to hold hot water for making tea and usually intended for public display, they held a place of prominence on the tea table and were almost always elegantly designed. This train tea urn is a particularly delightful example of the form.

Bears marks for Horace Woodward & Co. and a heraldic crest.

Circa 1876-1893

Train: 15 1/2" wide x 5 3/8" deep x 11 5/8" high
Tray: 16 1/8" wide x 12 1/8" deep
English Silverplate Locomotive Tea Urn
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Tea & Coffee Pots/Services
Depth: 15.5 Inches
Width: 5.38 Inches
Height: 11.63 Inches
Style: Victorian
English Silverplate Locomotive Tea Urn
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