Handle of a silver teapot

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Made in Glasgow

Postcard of Handle of a silver teapot.
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Handle of a silver teapot

This silver teapot, dated 1892, was made by R. & W. Sorley in Glasgow. It is part of a four piece tea set consisting of a teapot, a hot water jug, a sugar bowl and a milk jug. All the items in the set are fashioned in the shape of a thistle head.

The thistle theme is carried throughout the design of the teapot. The raised hinged lid of the teapot has a knob in the shape of a thistle head. The teapot handle has a thistle complete with stem, attached to the surface.

Domestic silverware was a matter of taste and status. The fashionable silversmiths of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen produced a wide range of goods, affordable only by the reasonably well-off.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-226-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1607 A
Date: 1892
Material: Silver. Inscription: On rim: RS / WS [in 4-lobed punch]; tree, bell, fish [and] bird; lion rampant; V; on base: SORLEY / SILVERSMITHS / GLASGOW
Dimensions: 140 mm H x 210 mm L x 127 mm D
What: Teapot
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: R. and W. Sorley, Glasgow (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Silver teapot with a thistle head shaped body, by R. and W. Sorley, Glasgow, 1892, part of a four piece thistle-shaped tea-set
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