George I Silver Bullet Teapot
Maker: Gabriel Sleath
A fine antique sterling silver bullet shape teapot. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and very small size. This...
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.
Maker Gabriel Sleath.
Literature: 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
This rare little silver teapot is in very good condition. Stamped underneath with a full and clear set of English silver hallmarks, the lid has the lion mark underneath. There is some fine scratching on the body as would be expected and a couple of very minor dinks. This pot has been water tested and doesn't leak. It pours beautifully. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Gabriel Sleath
Gabriel Sleath (1674 - 1756), London goldsmith, apprenticed to Thomas Cooper 1691, free 1701. Thomas appears to have worked for Isaac Dighton for some time before he entered his first mark in 1707. An outspoken critic of Huguenot goldsmiths working in England he signed the petitions in 1711 and 1716. Livery 1712. 2nd (sterling) mark 1720. 3rd mark 1739. 4th mark, in partnership with Francis Crump his former apprentice, 1753. Sleath's output includes an extensive production of hollow wares such as coffee pots, tankards, cups and covers. His major works include the wine cisterns in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, and that of the Grocers Company.
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