George II Silver Bullet Teapot by John Edwards
Maker: John Edwards II
A fine antique sterling silver bullet shape teapot. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and inset hinge. To the...
A fine antique sterling silver bullet shape teapot. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and inset hinge. To the front there is a hand engraved armorial. 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 until the middle of the reign of George I. Weight 393 grams, 12.6 troy ounces. Height 10.5 cms. Spread 21 cms. London 1732. Maker John Edwards.
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 excellent condition with no damage or restoration. The silver marks are crisp and easy to read. 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: John Edwards II
John Edwards II, London silversmith, apprenticed to Thomas Pritchard of the Grocers Company in 1708 for 7 years. Freedom 1723. 2 marks, sterling and New Standard, entered as largeworker in 1723, in partnership with George Pitches. 3rd and 4th marks alone 1724. 5th mark 1739. 6th mark 1753, possibly of his son. Grimwade describes Edwards’ work as having remarkable quality of execution. His works include the large rococo inkstand of 1744 and an outstanding tureen with dolphin handles and crab finial of 1737 (formerly in the Hurst collection). (formerly in the Butlin collection) He is likely to be the Edwards entered in the Jewel House records as subordinate Goldsmith to King
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