George I Silver Octagonal Teapot

Date: 1721

Maker: John Carnaby

Country: England

Stock Number: 8880

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.

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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