Object Description

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.

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 rare little silver teapot is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped underneath with a full and clear set of English silver hallmarks, the lid has the lion mark underneath. There is some fine scratching on the body as would be expected and a couple of very minor dinks. This pot has been water tested and doesn’t leak. It pours beautifully.

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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