Wooden handle and lid knob. Flat lid. Approximately 3” tall by 8” long. Detailed engraving but heavily tarnished. Was given to my grandparents by a well known antiques dealer from up state NY in the 1960s. He conveyed to them that it was quite a valuable piece.
Given to my grand parents in the 1960s by a friend who was a well known antique dealer in the Ithaca NY area.
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It is a beautiful English teapot. Such antique teapots are being offered at auction on a regular basis.
From the photos it appears to be made of silverplated material and not silver. I cannot see any silvermarks on the teapot from the photo. On English silver the marks would usually be on the upper side of the item - on a teapot close to the handle just below the lid/top rim, however it does not look as if there are any marks on the teapot. The lid looks quite worn and shines red where the silverplating has been rubbed off. The shape is typical of English teapots from the first part of the 1900s or even the last part of the 1800s. It is a very popular shape that never seems to go out of fashion. In England a lot of silverplated household items were made. Unfortunately the prices are not as high on silverplated items as they are on solid silver items. And this is the case with your teapot.
The estimate provided is for a well-advertised specialised online silver auction, where I believe the lovely teapot has the best chance of realising its fullest potential. However, there is no measurement for the sentimental value you might attach to the silverplated teapot. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and vary.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help.