8880. George I Silver Octagonal Teapot - Sold


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.

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 is unmarked. 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.

Literature - *Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

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