Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first with mark of William Bateman and London (1805) hallmarks, Neoclassical urn form with square base and reeded band to shoulder, removable cover with decorative punches and ball finial, no engraving (3.15 troy oz., 6 in.) (slight wobble and minor scattered dings to body); the second an 18th century pepper pot with mark likely that of Daniell & Mince, illegible London date letter, baluster form with engraved stag head crest and removable cover with decorative punches (1.75 troy oz., 3 7/8 in.) (minor mis-shaping to edges of foot and minor dings to body); the third with unknown sponsor's mark and London (1761) hallmarks, baluster form with removable cover featuring decorative punches, no engraving (1.85 troy oz., 3.75 in.) (minor dings to body).The Lifelong Collection of Keith and Caroline Gray, Charlotte, NC.
Keith and Caroline Gray were passionate about antiques, art, and history. Together they attended antique shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics. Both were longtime supporters of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, with Caroline serving in multiple capacities from docent to a member of the acquisitions board and trustee. Caroline translated her love of material culture into a successful career, becoming a certified property appraiser in Charlotte.
The covers for both smaller pots are not hallmarked and may be later replacements.