An exquisite antique Dutch 15-piece tea service. Comprising of 12 silver teaspoons or coffee spoons, sugar tongs, a tea caddy scoop and tea strainer. Each piece is decorated with fine engraving. The tea strainer features a handle carved from solid banded agate stone with stunning layers of red, white and caramel tones. Each is fully marked with the post-1814 Dutch hallmarks. These include the Lion passant mark for .833 grade silver, Minerva head duty mark with town letter on helmet (C for The Hague), and date letter 'q' for 1875. Maker's marks are for J.M. Van Kempen & Son, Voorschoten, The Hague. The set is inn overall good condition. Complete and housed in the original presentation box. The box features stunning burl wood veneer, opening to reveal a fitted interior with mirrors and blue velvet lining. Retains a working lock and key, rests on ball feet. The box is in overall good antique condition with general wear and some small lacks along the edge of the lid.
Teaspoons are 5 1/8" length. The sugar tongs measure 5 1/4" ; tea caddy scoop is 4 1/2" ; tea strainer is 5" length. Total weight of the set is 192.9 grams. The box measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 2 3/8" height.