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Made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Teapot.
© National Museums Scotland


This silver teapot was made by Edinburgh silversmiths Lothian & Robertson, in 1753-4.

The teapot is engraved with garlands of flowers, leaves and berries. There are two ivory insulators between the teapot handle and the body to help prevent the handle heating up.

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: 000-100-001-054-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1112
Date: 1753 - 1754
Material: Silver. Inscription: L&R; [Edinburgh mark]; Y [script]
Dimensions: 170 mm H x 245 mm W
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Lothian and Robertson, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver teapot with four bulging sides meeting at sharply defined corners, by Lothian and Robertson, Edinburgh, 1753 - 1754, engraved with swags of naturalistic flowers, leaves and berries
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