Silver teapot made in Glasgow, 1873-74

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Postcard of Silver teapot made in Glasgow, 1873-74.
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Silver teapot made in Glasgow, 1873-74

This silver teapot was made in 1873-4 by J. Reid, a silversmith in Glasgow. It is part of a four-piece tea set decorated with the signs of the Zodiac.

The teapot has straight sides which curve in to a circular base. The body is divided into 12 rectangular panels, each with a different pattern of the Zodiac.

The size of teapots varied with the date. Tea was initially very expensive and this was reflected in the relatively small size of 18th century pots. As tea became cheaper in the 19th century, teapots became larger.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-055-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1113
Date: 1873 - 1874
Material: Silver. Inscription: JR; C; [Glasgow mark]; DRUMMOND; on panels: three fishes; chinese figure; goat; figure; amphora; scorpion; collared lion; two figures; crab; bull; elephant
Dimensions: 190 mm H x 230 mm L x 130 mm W
What: Teapot
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: George Drummond (Maker ?)
James Reid or Russell (?), Glasgow (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Silver teapot decorated all over with flat chased and engraved decoration in twelve rectangular panels, by J.R., possibly James Reid or Russell, Glasgow, 1873 - 1874, also stamped "Drummond"
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