William Ker Reid (1787-1868) was one of the sons of Christian Ker Reid (1756-1834), founder of the well-known Newcastle goldsmiths, Reid & Sons. While W.K. Reid remained a partner of Reid & Sons until 1858 he had long before settled in London as a working silversmith, entering a joint mark there with Joseph Cradock in 1812. The partners went their separate ways in 1825. W.K. Reid retired from business at the beginning of 1855 in favour of his son, Edward Ker Reid who continued the business until his death in 1886.
One nozzle lacking, one eagle head has a hairline crack which is probably a casting flaw, hallmarks clear; heavy gague, overall good "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."