A fine antique sterling silver bullet shape teapot. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and very small size. 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 298 grams, 9.5 troy ounces. Height 11.5 cms. Spread 18.5 cms. London 1723. Maker Gabriel Sleath.
Biography – Gabriel Sleath (1674 – 1756), the son of a tallow chandler, was a London goldsmith and silversmith. An outspoken critic of Huguenot goldsmiths working in England. Sleath was born and died in Barnet, London. In 1753 he entered into a partnership with Francis Crump, his former apprentice.