Lovely late 18th century silver teapot by renowned female silversmith Hester Bateman. Of typical oval form with pretty bright cut engraved decorative bands around the top and bottom of the body, around the shoulders and edge of the lid with concealed hinge, and tip of the spout. The rim of the lid and base also have a beaded border. A fine carved walnut handle and carved ebony knop. There is an attractive and rather grand armorial crest to one side with shield containing rampant lion, with further lion holding coronet above.
Hallmarked for London 1785.
It measures 9 1/2" long and 3 3/4" wide and 5 3/4" high. It weighs 383g/12.3ozt.
Condition is very good; there are a few tiny surface dints and a very slight compression of the spout, really not noticeable unless particularly inspected and I have taken photos from all angles so you see. There is some slight movement to the knop, not loose but it does turn if twisted. The handle has an old splint repair and is strong and stable and fine for use.
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