A large English Silver Lustre Teapot, decorated with molded ribs on the body, spout and lid. The teapot has a thick silver glaze and floral finial on the lid. It is an excellent example of the earthenware popular with the emerging middle classes in the 1820, who wanted to emulate the trappings of the upper classes but could not yet afford the expensive sterling silver tea sets. Poor Man's Silver, it is sometimes called. This teapot is about 6" high (to the finial) and about 10 ¼" from handle to spout.
The teapot is in very fine condition. As noted, the silver lustre glaze is thick and shiny, and there are no cracks or lines in the teapot or the lid. There is a small, what appears to be filled chip on the collar of the teapot (right front) and a couple of tiny nibbles on the underside of the lid. No maker's marks (you rarely find a marked piece of silver lustre.).
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