A rare early English provincial silver teapot of octagonal form. Britannia standard silver* Pear shaped with faceted straight spout and domed hinged cover. Octagonal teapots were only made for a very short time (c1710-25) and are very rare and expensive today. Contains 650 ml. Weight 372 grams, 11.9 troy ounces. Height 16.5 cms. Spread 20 cms. Newcastle 1721. Maker John Carnaby.
Biography – John Carnaby, Newcastle silversmith. Apprenticed to Francis Batty 1709. In 1718 he went into business on his own account and became warden of the Company of Goldsmiths of Newcastle for the first time in 1721, and again in 1729 /30. In 1726 he also became an innkeeper but continued his career as silversmith alongside. Carnaby is recorded as the maker of the punches used at the Newcastle assay office. Carnaby died circa 1735 and his widow continued the business into the late 1740’s.