Silver teapot

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Made in Glasgow

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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.

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: 000-190-000-786-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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