This fascinating and very unusual antique teapot is constructed in Pewter with a wooden handle and is in the form of a bridge. It dates to the reign of the Daoguang Emperor (c.1821-50) and is signed to the underneath Yue Chuan and the workshop details of Fu-Yuan Ot, Yong zhou county.
While one side has stylized reeds, the other bears the writing "Yi Ting Feng Yu Qiao Tou Chun" meaning "In the rain and wind, spring arrives at the Pavillion and around the Bridge. The teapot also bears the remains of an old wax export seal that partially reads 'customs permission'. The top pull on the lid is in the form of a pagoda.
Please see photos but it is offered in good untouched original condition.
Dimensions: height 9cm or 3.54 inches; length 16cm or 6.3 inches; depth 6cm or 2.36 inches. it weighs 305 grams or 196 penny weight.