14 June 2006
PRINCESS MARGARET'S BIRTHDAY TEA AND COFFEE-SERVICE FROM QUEEN MARY AN EDWARD VIII AND GEORGE V SILVER NINE PIECE TEA AND COFFEE-SERVICE
MARK OF RICHARD COMYNS, LONDON, 1936 AND 1937
Each piece in the George II style, the rims or shoulders engraved with bands of strapwork and portrait bust motifs, comprising: a kettle-on-stand with burner; a kettle stand; a teapot; a hot-water jug; a coffee-pot; a cream-jug; a milk-jug and two sugar-bowls, each engraved with an initial 'M' below a Royal Princess' coronet, each piece fully marked and engraved with various inventory numbers, with a letter printed with the Royal Arms and the legend 'Sandringham Norfolk', inscribed by Queen Mary 'Darling Margaret, I wish you many happy returns of your birthday... a piece of silver to be added to the tea set I am giving you by degrees for birthdays + for Christmas... Wish best love to you and Lilibet, Ever your devoted Grannie Mary.' dated '19th Aug't 1939'
the kettle on stand - 12¾ in. (32.4 cm.) high
gross weight 183 oz. (5,695 gr.)
The initial is that of H.R.H. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. (10)
Given to H.R.H. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon on a number of birthdays by her grandmother Queen Mary.
The coffee-pot was regularly used on the table in the Dining Room of the Private Apartment of H.R.H. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon at Kensington Palace.
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