George II Antique Silver Teapot
Maker: Thomas Mason
An excellent quality antique silver bullet shaped teapot. Lovely plain form with an octagonal panelled spout and wooden handle. The...
An excellent quality antique silver bullet shaped teapot. Lovely plain form with an octagonal panelled spout and wooden handle. The bullet shaped teapot is probably one of the better known types of the George II period and the lid of this one has a cleverly concealed flush hinge which is difficult to distinguish as the engraver has continued the decoration over this area. To the front is a finely engraved cartouche containing the initial “F” in old fashioned cursive script.
Weight 445 grams, 14.3 troy ounces.
Height 11cm. Spread 20cm.
Maker Thomas Mason.
Marks. Stamped underneath with a full and clear set of English silver hallmarks, the lid with the lion mark.
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. The engraving is sharp. The handle is firm, the fit to the lower socket is slightly imprecise, probably a replacement. This pot has been water tested and doesn’t leak. It pours beautifully.
Maker: Thomas Mason
Thomas Mason, London silversmith (active 1716–after 1745). Apprenticed to Robert Timbrell 1704, free 1712. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1716, 2nd (sterling) mark 1720. Livery 1725. 3rd mark 1733, 4th 1740, 5th 1745.
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