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Postby 2209patrick » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:37 pm

This teapot was made in 1727.
Just from the shape of it, can you guess where it was made ?

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Postby 2209patrick » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:19 pm

Here is another example that was made in 1739. Notice the silver handle.

This shape was popular with silversmiths in this area during the mid 18th century.

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Postby 2209patrick » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:51 pm

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Often called a bullet shaped teapot, these were a specialty of mid 18th century Scottish silversmiths.
http://www.metmuseum.org/TOAH/HD/esilv/ ... 83.224.htm

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Postby byron mac donald » Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:36 am

No fair answering your own question, besides it is no fun that way. Where does the bullet shape come in here?
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Postby dognose » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:15 am

Hi Byron,

At this time, bullets were perfectly cylinderical lead balls, cast by the user of a gun using a steel mould, that was supplied with the weapon, so that the bullets would fit the bore of the barrel exactly.

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Postby byron mac donald » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:57 am

Hi Trev-

Not to argue, but cylinderical balls were called "rounds", then came the Minie' bullet (mini-ball) which was conical such as used in the Enfield rifle. A lot more could be said on the subject, except I guess this is a silver forum and unless we agree on the wolfman, we should keep this discussion to a minimum. I guess they should have called the teapot a "Round". ;-)

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Postby dognose » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:29 am

Hi Byron,

Correction noted, I bow to your superior knowledge on this one.

Many thanks.

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