A Chinese Export silver three piece tea set in the can style popular around 1900.
Chrysanthemums ( that bloom through the frost) , bamboo ( for resilience) and plum blossom ( for new beginnings) have all been hand engraved against the polished surfaces. Bamboo forms the handle and finial. There is a shield reserve for engraving initials.
The interiors of the cream jug and sugar bowl are gilded.
Excellent set at a very reasonable price.