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made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Teapot.
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This silver bullet shaped teapot, dating from 1740-1, is engraved with the crest of Alexander of Boghall in West Lothian. Made by John Main of Edinburgh, it is a fine example of the typical Scottish rococo bullet teapot.

The 'S' shaped silver handle is insulated from the body by plugs of woods. The rococo embossed decoration round the lid is a pattern of shells, flowers, leaves and scrolls.

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: 000-100-103-028-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1948.3
Date: 1740 - 1741
Material: Silver, wooden insulators. Inscription: Beneath body: GED; I [a figure] M; L [cursive]; castle; on body: [crest] a hand holding a quill / Fidem Serva; beneath foot: 2 / 1 [or] 24 [or] .24
Dimensions: 150 mm H; body 124 mm D; foot 84 mm D
Who: Alexander of Boghall (Owner)
Dougal Ged (Assay master)
John Main (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver rococo bullet teapot engraved on the body with a crest of a hand holding a quill and motto 'Fidem Serva' for Alexander of Boghall, by John Main, Edinburgh, 1740 - 1741
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