George III Silver Drum Teapot


Stock: 8752

Date: 1775

Maker: John Parker & Edward Wakelin

Country: England

An antique sterling silver teapot of circular form having a detachable lid attached to the body with a silver chain....

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An antique sterling silver teapot of circular form having a detachable lid attached to the body with a silver chain. Drum teapots are very desirable and are usually found between 1760 and 1780. Lovely plain styling with discreet bands of hand engraved geometric decoration. Underneath there are some initials and a scratch weight.Contains 465 ml. Weight 319 grams, 10.2 troy ounces. Height 11.5 cms. Spread 19.5 cms. Base diameter 9 cms. London 1775. Maker Parker & Wakelin.


This delightful antique silver teapot is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The hand engraving still has good definition with just a little wear. There is a full set of clear English silver hallmarks underneath, the lid has the lion and rubbed makers mark. The teapot pours beautifully and does not leak, it has a slight flattening to the top stand has a minor dent to the centre. There are a few stress marks to the ivory finial and handle. 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 Information

Maker: John Parker & Edward Wakelin

Edward Wakelin, apprenticed to John le Sage June 1730, free 1748. By 1747 he had joined the famous George Wickes at Panton Street, entered his first mark (2 sizes) which was almost indistinguishable from the mark of George Wickes, and during the period 1747-1760 Wakelin took virtual charge of the silver side of Wickes’ business. By 1752, Wickes was already making retirement plans although the formal date of the hand over to Wakelin, and his new partner, John Parker I was dated 1760. Wakelin, in partnership with John Parker I, entered a new mark circa 1758-1761 where Parker's initials appear above Wakelin's, suggesting that he became the senior partner at this point. John Parker I and Edward Wakelin retired in 1777 and the business was continued by John Wakelin, Edward's son, and William Taylor. Edward Wakelin was a man of extraordinary business acumen. He bought into an established business and possessed the ability to ensure its continued success. He employed talented, but mainly anonymous silversmiths at Panton Street, outsourcing what he was unable to make. Two of these highly skilled silversmiths were James Ansill and Stephen Gilbert, former apprentices of George Wickes, who never entered a mark while working for Parker and Wakelin, but in 1780 Stephen Gilbert entered a mark in partnership with Andrew Fogelberg that continued until 1793. It is highly probable that Sebastian and James Crespel learnt their trade under Edward Wakelin and there was a definite financial connection between the Crespels and Wakelin and Parker.

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