This is a good quality antique Russian silver teapot featuring a compressed round body, relief lozenge-shaped panels and a pull-off lid. Although the maker is not known the assay marks are for Vasilyevich Avdeyev who was assaying between 1852 and 1863 in Moscow.
Pre-revolutionary Russian silver was far superior to anything made after the Russian Revolution (1917-1923) and good pieces in fine condition are highly desirable.
A silver teapot pours like no other and sterling silver is the perfect material for fashioning teapots:
· No other material can be fashioned into such elegant and detailed forms, reflect light as beautifully, and a perfectly formed silver teapot spout will never drip.
· Second only to diamonds, silver has the highest thermal conductivity of any material, meaning that tea leaves can be brewed at a higher temperature than in any other teapot, allowing the tea leaves to fully release their flavours.
· That same high thermal conductivity means a silver teapot will retain heat and keep tea hot for much longer.
· Unlike porcelain and ceramic teapots, silver is sturdy and long-lasting, does not shatter and the occasional dent can be debruised.