Object Description

An early English sterling silver teapot of globular form. Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and engraved decoration to the upper body. Generally speaking bullet teapots were only made during the George II period. Weight 372 grams, 11.9 troy ounces. Height 12.5 cms (to top of handle). Spread 20.5 cms. London 1749. Maker David Hennell I.

Biography – Hennell Family (worked from 1728). David Hennell I was apprenticed to Edward Wood 6 September 1728. Married 1 March 1736 to Hannah Broomhead.. First mark entered as largeworker, 23 June 1736. Address: King’s Head Court, Gutter Lane. The Hennell’s had fifteen children of which only five reached maturity. David retired from business in 1773 and died 1785.

Robert Hennell I, fifth child was apprenticed to his father in 1756, he entered into partnership with David I in 1763. Address: Foster Lane.

Robert Hennell II, son of John Hennell, elder brother of Robert Hennell I, continued his grandfather’s business and was apprenticed to his uncle Robert Hennell I in 1778.

Samuel Hennell, son of Robert Hennell I entered, as third partner to his father and brother, in 1800.

David Hennell II, worked from 1802, address 11 Foster Lane. Second mark, with Robert Hennell , 28 October 1802. Third mark, alone, 22 June 1811. Fourth mark, in partnership with John Terry, 6 April 1814. Apparently this partnership terminated by 27 July 1816,

Object 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

Object Condition

This pretty teapot is in very good and fully functional condition with no damage. Stamped on the base with a full set of English hallmarks, the date mark is very faint looks like “O” for 1749. The lid has the lion mark only. The engraved decoration is sharp and probably part original. The pot has been tested for water retention and does not leak. The wooden handle is secure.

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.

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