The Pewter Tea Pot
Every Wonder About Them?
There are a great number of pewter tea pots from the very ornate to the incredibly simple ones.
a pewter item was found in an Egyptian tomb that was verified to be
from 1450 BC.
Although it is known that pewter was even used in 3000 BC.
- The pewter teapot of today is often made by artisans in the north of Italy.
- There they are handcrafted and they use the methods that have been passed down through the many generations of Italian artisans. (Can you imagine the skill this takes..Wow!)
- Many of them are crafted and signed with their own hallmarks, denoting their skilled hand signatures.
They Look Best When
It is said that these teapots look
their best when they can reflect candlelight. (I would have to agree).
For centuries the Japanese made such
teapots. Many of them had:
- Bamboo handles so that the user did not burn
- Often they were decorated with beautiful dragons that were
depicted in traditional pewter relief.
Many of the collector vintage pewter pots
- Hand crafted wooden handles.
- There are even some with
handles actually made of animal horns.
- Just the ornate pewter carvings on the handles are enough to interest many collectors.
are some tea pots that are very tiny. These were used for single
servings of tea. Collectors have been known to call these “baby”
When you find a Victorian pewter
tea pot chances are that it features:
- A domed lid, and perhaps a floral
knopf, which refers to a German word meaning button. It is the tiny top
to the domed lid.
- Often these teapots were even made in a rare oval
- There were also embossed scrolled handles found on
Victorian teapots. These tea pot artifacts have been found though from
the late but not early 17th and 18th centuries.
- Antique pewter tends to
have a bluish tone to it due to the lead.
Who Makes These Today
Some of today’s better-known pewter teapot makers are:
looking at antique reproductions you will find that every period had a
popular design and shape. It could be straight sided, square, inverted pear,
round pear shaped, or even ovals.
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