George II Antique Silver Teapot


Stock: 10373

Date: 1742

Maker: Thomas Farren

Country: England

An antique silver bullet shape teapot with the small size typical of the early date. Lovely plain shape with a...

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An antique silver bullet shape teapot with the small size typical of the early date. Lovely plain shape with a curved spout and engraved decoration to the upper body. The lid has a good quality inset hinge.

Contains 520ml.
Weight 472g, 15.2 troy oz.
Height 11.5cm. Spread 20.2cm.
London 1742.
Maker Thomas Farren.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks, lion mark to the lid.

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 pretty teapot is in very good and fully functional condition. The pot has been tested for water retention and does not leak. The wooden handle fits well and is tight. Shows minor signs of wear commensurate with age.

Maker Information

Maker: Thomas Farren

Thomas Farren, apprenticed to John Denny 1695, free 1707. First mark as largeworker 1707. Second (sterling) mark 1720. Third mark 1739. Died circa 1743, the date of entry of Ann Farren’s mark. Subordinate goldsmith to the King 1723-42. Described by Arthur Grimwade “his work at best is of fine quality and shows some influence of Huguenot work.” His most important pieces are probably the fountain and cistern of 1728 at Burghley. His best known apprentice was Thomas Whipham.

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