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Made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Teapot.
© National Museums Scotland


This silver drum-shaped teapot was made by Edinburgh silversmith Patrick Robertson, in 1774-5.

The teapot has straight sides rising from a plain moulded base. The sides are engraved with garlands of flowers and drapery. The teapot has a wooden handle and the teapot lid has a wooden knob which is inset with a silver disc.

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: 000-100-001-063-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1133 B
Date: 1774 - 1775
1774 - 1775
Material: Silver. Inscription: PR; [Edinburgh mark]; u [gothic]; on side: stag's head [below] VIGILANTIA
Silver; wood, light brown. Inscription: PR; [Edinburgh mark]; u [gothic]
Dimensions: 125 mm H x 220 mm L x 115 mm body D
89 mm D
What: Lid, teapot
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver drum-shaped teapot with sides engraved with swags of flowers and drapery, by Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh, 1774 - 1775, inscribed "Vigilantia" above a stag's head
Silver teapot lid with an engraved wavy border round the edge and a light brown wooden button finial set with a silver disc, by Patrick Robertson, Edinburgh, 1774 - 1775
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