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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 11127
Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years.Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have what I think is a unique and interesting solid silver

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I have what I think is a unique and interesting solid silver teapot but I need some expert help with dating and accessing its value
Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Please send photos. I need at least one of the teapot and one of the markings.
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Kind regards,

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Now I need one of the teapot.

Knd regards,

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Dear Doris, thank-you so much for your patience, I will not be remembered on this planet for my computer skills.

Is the mark in the middle "HS"? If not, what is it.?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Dear Doris, the marking is HS which led me to think it was Solomon Hougham of London. What I think is very interesting and I'd love your opinion is the inscription which is identical on both sides of the pot and reads:

Presented to Mr George Stephenson as a testimonial of respectful esteem by the workman under his immediate superindendance at Messrs Peters & Sons Coach Manufactory

Your teapot was assayed in London in 1798 to certify that it was sterling silver during the reign of George III.
The maker/sponsor is Solomon Hougham.

Your pot did not originally look like this. It was originaly much plainer. It was later decorated to a more ornate design.

The retail antiques store value of your teapot is $1800-2200 assuming good condition.

The inscription was later added. I do not know the firm mentioned in the inscription.

A private seller to a dealer can expect 40-60% of retail value.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank-you for your time and effort, I think the inscription could be the key to the value of the item, if it does turn out to be 'the' George Stephenson.

You have been very helpful, Thank-you, Anthony.

The later decoration of the pot was probably done at the same time as the inscription.
The later decoration is Victorian.

THank you for the positive rating!

Kind regards,