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Teapots

Tea originated in China as a medicinal drink over 2,000 years ago and was introduced into Europe during the 16th century by Portuguese priests and merchants. Drinking tea became fashionable in England during the 17th century and in time led to the English starting large-scale production and commercialization of the plant in India. At home, the English drank tea rather than coffee. 19th century inventories show that families owned twice as many teawares as coffee utensils. Women adopted the drink for their social gatherings and served tea after dinner. It was also an occasion to demonstrate wealth and good taste, and teawares were as responsive to changing fashion as dress and interior decoration.
Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Although there are a few 17th century teapots in existence, there is little likelihood of finding one dating before 1710. The earlier the teapot the smaller they tend to be as tea was a very expensive commodity until the middle of the reign of George I

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Teapots

Tea originated in China as a medicinal drink over 2,000 years ago and was introduced into Europe during the 16th century by Portuguese priests and merchants. Drinking tea became fashionable in England during the 17th century and in time led to the English starting large-scale production and commercialization of the plant in India. At home, the English drank tea rather than coffee. 19th century inventories show that families owned twice as many teawares as coffee utensils. Women adopted the drink for their social gatherings and served tea after dinner. It was also an occasion to demonstrate wealth and good taste, and teawares were as responsive to changing fashion as dress and interior decoration.
Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Although there are a few 17th century teapots in existence, there is little likelihood of finding one dating before 1710. The earlier the teapot the smaller they tend to be as tea was a very expensive commodity until the middle of the reign of George I

  • 1715

    Francis Plymley

    9871 George I Silver Teapot

    £4,950

    A fine antique silver bullet shape teapot. Britannia standard silver. Lovely plain, globular form, with a straight spout and wooden handle. Very small size. This is a very early teapot. To the front is a hand engraved crest. A charming feature is the shaped little swivel nut seen below the lid finial. Contains 400 ml, 14 fluid ounces which is about 2 cups. Weight 224 grams, 7.2 troy ounces. Height 11cm. Spread 19.5cm. Diameter of base 6.4cm. London 1715. Maker Francis Plymley.

  • 1719

    Richard Bayley

    9137 George I Silver Teapot

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    A rare early English silver teapot of simple plain form. Britannia standard silver*. Pear shaped with domed hinged cover and original wooden handle. Hand engraved to the front is a coat of arms – argent, six Lions rampant, sable – within an incised shield, possibly for the Savage family. Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Contains 570 ml. Weight 425 grams, 13.6 troy ounces. Height 14 cm. Spread 19 cm. London 1719. Maker Richard Bayley.

  • 1723

    Gabriel Sleath

    8550 George I Silver Bullet Teapot

    £4,950

    A fine antique sterling silver bullet shape teapot. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and very small size. This is a very early teapot. Although a few 17th century teapots exist there is very little likelihood of finding one before 1710. The earlier the teapot the smaller they tend to be as tea was a very expensive commodity. Contains 400 ml, 14 fluid ounces which is about 2 cups. Weight 298 grams, 9.5 troy ounces. Height 11.5 cms. Spread 18.5 cms. London 1723. Maker Gabriel Sleath.

  • 1725

    John Bache

    9729 George I Silver Teapot

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    A fine early English silver teapot of simple plain form. Pear shaped with domed hinged cover and original wooden handle. Good gauge silver. Hand engraved to the front is large contemporary armorial within a decorative cartouche. Scratchweight 15=3 and owners initials underneath. Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Contains 600 ml. Weight (including handle) 495 grams, 15.9 troy ounces. Height 21cm. Spread 19.5cm. London 1725. Maker John Bache. Sterling silver.

  • 1728

    Thomas Farren

    9984 George II Antique Silver Teapot

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    A rare antique sterling silver teapot of octagonal, spherical form. A very early teapot. The panelled shape is extremely unusual. Charming small size and hand engraved to the top with a fine quality decoration. Excellent colour and weight. Weight 512 grams, 16.4 troy ounces. Height 10.9cm (to top of handle). Spread 22cm. London 1728. Maker Thomas Farren, a highly desirable maker.

  • 1732

    George Bulman

    9992 George II Newcastle Silver Teapot

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    Provincial silver. A fine antique sterling silver bullet shape teapot. Plain, graceful form with a quality inset hinge and curved wooden handle. Small size. Early teapots tend to be small size as tea was a very expensive commodity. Contains 450 ml. Weight 450 grams, 14.4 troy ounces. Height 11.4cm. Spread 21.1cm. Height (top of finial) 11.4cm.  London 1732. Maker George Bulman.

  • 1735

    Esaius Busch III

    9293 Antique German Silver Teapot

    £4,750

    An antique sterling silver teapot of pear shape form with ribbing. Small size. The curved spout with a hinged cover, the lid is side hinged. Both lid and body have panels of hand chased decoration and there are applied putti medallions to the front and rear. Contains 780 ml. Weight 409 grams, 13.1 troy ounces. Height 14.5 cm. Spread 20 cm. Stamped underneath with German silver marks for Augsburg 1735/6. Maker Esaius Busch III.

  • 1737

    Willem Van Strant

    10116 Antique Dutch Silver Miniature Teapot

    £1,250

    A Dutch silver toy teapot of pear shaped form with swing handle and detachable lid. Very good condition. Excellent patina. Weight 45 grams, 1.5 troy ounces. Height 5.5cm (to top of handle), 4.4cm (to top of knob). Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Date mark “C” for 1737. Maker Willem Van Strant.

  • Circa 1749

    David Hennell

    8976 George II Antique Silver Teapot

    £2,250

    An early English sterling silver teapot of globular form. Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and engraved decoration to the upper body. An attractive feature is the blobby mercury solder underneath which is completely original in the manufacture. Generally speaking bullet teapots were only made during the George II period. Weight 372 grams, 11.9 troy ounces. Height 12.5 cms (to top of handle). Spread 20.5 cms. London 1749. Maker David Hennell I.

  • 1775

    Charles Wright

    9544 George III Silver Drum Teapot

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    An antique sterling silver teapot of circular form with a pull off lid. Drum teapots are very desirable and are usually found between 1760 and 1780. Lovely plain styling with bright cut engraved and dot pricked bands with flower head motifs. To the front is a finely engraved crest within a decorate cartouche. Contains 700 ml. Weight 514 grams, 16.5 troy ounces. Height 13cm. Spread 23.5cm. Diameter 10.5cm. London 1775. Maker Charles Wright.

  • 1882

    William Hutton

    8490 Antique Silver Teapot

    £585

    A dainty antique sterling silver teapot on pedestal foot. Small size. Attractive fluted design with a wide embossed frieze of scroll decoration. Contains 400 ml. Weight 282 grams, 9 troy ounces. Height 13.5 cms. Spread 18.5 cms. Sheffield 1882. Maker William Hutton & Son.

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