Antique Newcastle Silver Bullet Teapot

Date: 1732

Maker: Isaac Cookson

Country: England

Stock Number: 8713

A good example of early English provincial silver. An antique sterling silver bullet shape teapot. Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Lovely plain shape with a curved spout and engraved decoration to the upper body. The lid has a concentric circle decoration and inside there are some hand engraved marriage initials. Generally speaking bullet teapots were only made during the George II period. Weight 420 grams, 13.5 troy ounces. Height 12.5 cms. Spread 19 cms. Newcastle 1732*. By the prestigious Newcastle maker Isaac Cookson.

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

Signed/Inscribed: * The date letter is probably gothic 'M' for 1732, possibly "N" for 1733. The makers mark is Isaac Cookson's earlier mark which was superceded by another mark with a straight underside by 1738.

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