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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Gräfsnäs castle teapot?

Johannes has been researching Gräfsnäs castle ruin near Gothenburg, Sweden. The former castle has an interesting history. According to the legend it was cursed by a woman that was badly treated by the landowner. She told that it would be plagued by fire three times with 100 years apart, and the castle was actually burnt in 1634, 1734 and 1834.
During the day of the fire in 1834 many people came to 'rescue' the things in the castle and many things were stolen.
It is believed that the teapot above came from the castle via a gardener.
Can it be dated to before or after the looting in 1834 I wonder? It was made by a company called Shaw & Fisher...anyone know anything about them?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a similar Shaw & Fisher Teapot. Similar, but not the same design. It has the name "Shaw and Fisher" over the word Sheffield. IF you do a Google search on Shaw & Fisher you will find info on this maker and some dates. It is probably "Brittania Ware" (like pewter) late 1800's. I have no idea of the value, or collectibility, it was left by my parents with the estate.

10:49 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, I have been trying to find info on Shaw and Fisher for some time. I to have a teapot (not like yours though. Here is the info I recieved so far:

I have checked our finding aids for Shaw and Fisher and found a short article about the firm in a publication called Century's Progress, published in 1893. this describes Shaw and Fisher as silversmiths, electro silver platers and Britannia-metal manufacturers based at Norfolk Place on Suffolk Road. The firm was founded in 1835 but by 1893 was run by Frederick Hall and his son although the original name was retained. I then checked a trade directory for Sheffield published in 1896, the first the library held after 1893, but could not find any reference to the company.
James Deakin & Sons acquired Shaw & Fisher in 1894. They retained Shaw & Fisher's well-known trade mark, in addition to their own 'Bell' mark. A newspaper reference stated that Thomas Fisher of the company died September 24th, 1870, but I do not have any more details about him.

Hope this helps a bit. I'm still searching.

1:05 pm  

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