AN EXCEPTIONAL 19TH CENTURY COROMANDLE TANTALUS BY MAPPIN & WEBB - REF No. 184
H: 18 1/4 in / 36 cm ; W: 13 1/2 in / 34 cm ; D: 11 1/2 in / 29.2 cm
An exceptional 19th century Coromandle tantalus by Mappin & Webb. The Tantalus has brass carrying handles and is brass strung, housing three lead crystal hobnail cut glass decanters and faceted stoppers , with pull-down front with brass plate stamped MAPPIN BROS 66 CHEAPSIDE, enclosing a superb Satinwood fitted interior with two whiskey glasses, two cherry glasses, cigar cutter and two drawers containing a pair of silver plated oval dishes, cribbage board with pegs and playing cards, fitted with a Brahma lock, marked BRAHMA LONDON.
Mappin & Webb traces its origins to 1775, when Jonathan Mappin opened a silver workshop in Sheffield, then as now a major centre of the English silver trade. The business eventually became Mappin Brothers.
One of Jonathan Mappin's great grandsons, John Mappin, started his own business in London, Mappin & Company, in 1860, which became Mappin, Webb & Co. in 1862 after John Mappin was joined by his brother-in-law George Webb. The first Mappin & Webb store opened in 1860 at 77–78 Oxford Street, London, and the company's candelabras, fine silverware, and vanity products swiftly gained renown. As a natural progression from silverware, Mappin & Webb began designing jewellery. Mappin, Webb & Co. acquired Mappin Brothers in 1903. Mappin & Webb expanded internationally beginning in the 1890s. Its first overseas store was established in Johannesburg, and stores soon followed in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Biarritz, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Cairo, and Bombay.
Mappin & Webb has created jewellery for royalty and high society; both in the United Kingdom, and internationally. Patrons have included Queen of France Marie-Antoinette, the Empress of Russia, and Princess Grace of Monaco. The company historically held Royal Warrants to both the Russian Empire and the Japanese Royal Household. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to commission Mappin & Webb. Victoria's Golden Jubilee necklace was created by the house in 1888, and was designated by the Queen as an heirloom of the Crown. Mappin & Webb has held Royal Warrants in the UK since 1897. Today, Mappin & Webb holds warrants to both Queen Elizabeth II, and the Prince of Wales. Mappin & Webb's master craftsman Martin Swift was appointed in 2012 to the position of Crown Jeweller, the custodian of the British Crown Jewels who is responsible for preparing them for the State Opening of Parliament and other state occasions. Mark Appleby, also of Mappin & Webb, took over as crown jeweller in 2017.
Mappin & Webb produced the original Ryder Cup trophy, and made trophies for the Royal Ascot horse races for 75 years.