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Made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Teapot.
© National Museums Scotland


This silver teapot was made by Edinburgh silversmiths W. & P. Cunningham, in 1801-2.

The teapot has a round body, a curved shaped rim and a dark wooden handle.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, owning a silver teapot indicated status, wealth and taste. Tea was initially very expensive and in the 18th century teapots were small. In the 19th century tea became cheaper, more was drunk and teapots became larger.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-982-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 833
Date: 1801 - 1802
Material: Silver; wood, dark. Inscription: WPC; [Edinburgh mark]; V
Dimensions: 155 mm H x 260 mm L x 141 mm body D
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: W. and P. Cunningham, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver teapot with a round body, curved shaped rim and a dark wooden handle, gadrooned on the lower half of the body, by W. and P. Cunningham, Edinburgh, 1801 - 1802
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