Antique, Ashdown Park Hotel, silver soldered, teapot, Coulsdon, Surrey England circa 1800s by James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield. This is a very rare piece and I'd almost say the only piece surviving. This hotel was once located on south Fairdene Road in the town of Coulson of Surrey, England. It is the site of some historical mentions. In 1906, Aleister Crowley (famous English occultist) met at this hotel with George Cecil Jones and practiced rituals. It was the meeting place where Joseph Kessel and Maurice Druon wrote the lyrics to the French Resistance song, Chant des Partisan, in 1943.
This building existed for 800 years and before it was the Ashdown Park Hotel, it was the Hooley House. Sadly, after such a long history, the building feel to disrepair and vandalism. It was bought by the Transportation Department and demolished in 1971. This piece is dated between the years of 1848 and 1878 (between the years when James Dixon started electroplating and before they used the bugle mark. Here is your chance to own a rare and historical piece!
Marks: Ashdown Park Hotel JD & SS (epns) 0524
Measurements: approx 5 1/2" tall x 8" wide handle to spout and 4 5/8" diameter at its widest.
This teapot is in good antique condition especially for it's age and use. Show some signs of use such as light surface scratches and tiny marks that are inherent to silver soldered items. Insides are stained and have possible wear. No obvious damage that I can see.