GEORGIAN

COFFEE BIGGIN

OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE

MATTHEW BOLTON

Birmingham

c.1790

$950.00

Height 8 inches.

Footed body with reeded lower section and gadrooned band. Hinged lid with reeded design, repeated on the finial.Boxwood handle. Some loss to plating on the reeded section.

 

A coffee biggin was a filtration coffee pot.

The pot was fitted with a muslin bag,
(a biggin). The coffee was spooned into this and then hot water was poured over the grounds. By 1818 the form was obsolete.

The form is sometimes thought to have been invented by a Mr Biggin but conical cloth filtering cones called "biggins" had been in use since Tudor times for clarifying wine and fruit juice

 

 

Star mark struck twice.

 

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