Hester Bateman Sterling Silver Bright-Cut Teapot

Hester Bateman Sterling Silver Bright-Cut Teapot
_DSC7025-2.jpg
_DSC7031.jpg
_DSC7032.jpg
_DSC7033.jpg
Hester Bateman Sterling Silver Bright-Cut Teapot
_DSC7025-2.jpg
_DSC7031.jpg
_DSC7032.jpg
_DSC7033.jpg

Hester Bateman Sterling Silver Bright-Cut Teapot

10,000.00

Hester Bateman Sterling Silver Bright-Cut Teapot

A shaped teapot with a wooden handle made in London in 1786 by Hester Bateman.  It is 28 cm long (from the handle to the end of the spout) and the body is 14.5 cm long and 10 cm wide. It is very clearly marked on the base and the lid. The body is engraved with bright-cut decoration and script initials JB while the spout is bright-cut.  The lid is surmounted by an urn finial and has an engraved border.  

The overall color of this teapot is good but the engraving all displays signs of wear.  In addition to this there is evidence of work having been done to the teapot- the junctions between the handle and the body appear to have been renewed and there is a small patch of solder on the lid and one in the base.  However, this being said, the structure method of manufacture of teapots in this period leads to many sustaining damage because they are often made of comparatively thin gauge silver. In addition to this because each household usually had only one teapot, as opposed to many spoons, it got far more use and consequently far more polishing in the nineteenth century (thereby going someway to explain the wear to the engraving on this example).  

The handle on this teapot is of the form shown in eighteenth century trade catalogues and the excellent colour and patina suggests that it has had significant use.  However, it is very difficult to be absolutely certain if a wooden handle is original without dendrochronological analysis which is expensive and does not always provide a definite conclusion.

Contact us for further details. 

Purchase