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made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Teapot.
© National Museums Scotland


This silver teapot was made in 1725-6 by James Ker, a prominent Edinburgh goldsmith. The teapot is engraved with the crest and motto of Haig of Bemerside.

The teapot has a plain bullet-shaped body and a wooden scroll handle. The motto above the crest in the centre of the body reads, 'Tyde What May'.

Ker became famous for his beautiful teapots and this is one of his earliest examples. The elegant shape seems to be peculiar to Scotland and may represent a change-over from the earlier pear shape. Ker's later teapots tend to be bullet or sphere shaped.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-171-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1560
Date: 1725 - 1726
Material: Silver, wooden handle. Inscription: { } I . K; castle; EP; V; on one side: a rock or crag / TYDE WHAT MAY [in a ribbon above]
Dimensions: 141 mm H x 245 mm L x 76 mm base D
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Edward Penman, assay master
Haig of Bemerside (Owner)
James Ker, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver teapot with a plain, shaped bullet form body and a wooden scroll handle, by James Ker, Edinburgh, 1725 - 1726, engraved with the crest and motto of Haig of Bemerside
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