I greatly appreciate everyone's comments and input. Just to provide a bit of background, the teapot, along with a matching creamer, were acquired several years back during an estate sale. Both items have been tucked away in storage and ultimately, out of sight, out of mind, until just recently.
As such, we were most interested in determining whether the teapot and creamer were comprised of silver or coin metal and had them tested. The items returned a finding of being 90% silver. It was during that testing, which sparked our curiosity. We were approached by an asian jeweler who explained that the detailing in the teapot is what caught his attention and expressed an interest as he felt it would be an excellent conversational piece as he was hosting a chinese new year celebration. His initial offer was intended to equal the weight of the teapot and the current market price of silver, however after a quick look at the markings, that offer rapidly increased and tripled. We thanked him for his interest and decided it would be most prudent for us to take the time to look into determining the background and true value of these pieces.