George II Antique Silver Teapot


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Object Description

A good example of early English teawares. A rare antique silver bullet shaped teapot of plain simple form with a shaped panelled spout and wooden handle. Excellent small size. The bullet shaped teapot is probably one of the better known types of the George II period and the lid of this one has a good quality flush hinge.

Contains 550ml.
Total weight 440 grams, 14.2 troy ounces.
Height 12.2cm. Spread 21.70cm.
London 1739.
Maker James Manners.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full and clear set of English silver hallmarks, the lid with the lion mark.

Maker: James Manners

James Manners, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark (incuse) entered 1726, address Great St Andrew St. 2nd mark as largeworker 1734, address “at ye Rose in the Strand”. 3rd mark, same address. Moved to Villiers St, Strand 1745.

James Manners Junior, plateworker, entered an incuse mark in 1745 at the same address as his father.

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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. The handle is firm.. This pot has been water tested and doesn’t leak. It pours beautifully. Moderate signs of wear commensurate with age as would be expected.

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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