Since today teapots are generally made using cheap materials and you might want to have that Antique feel associated with an old-school, fashionable, English afternoon tea. Also, a silver teapot retains heat way better, so tea lasts longer at a warm temperature.
But generally because of the way it makes you fee! If you believe that you like to enjoy the simple things in life and the moment you sip from your cup of tea you feel exalted than this is for you.
„I drink tea from a silver teapot” its as good as it gets (combined with a some good original white loose tea or maybe something better than you prefer). It will make your tea feel a bit more special you know? If you don’t care about that then I suggest you pick another teapot like tetsubin for example.
The history of silver teapots
Teapots come from China culture and they started appearing in the Yuan dynasty around 220 BCE, by the time of Ming dynasty they started to become popular.
At the end of the 17th-century tea was imported in Europe from China but due to tea being rare and expensive it didn’t actually become popular until the 18th century.
That’s when silver teapots started to make their apparition. Queen Victoria had silver teapots and because of that, they became a symbol of wealth. You can keep this in mind the next time you drink your tea from a silver teapot.
An elegant silver teapot emphasizes a really special moment.
Types and Influences on antique silver teapots.
Buying new silver teapots from anywhere is fine as long as they are of good quality but when you’re looking to buy an old set from a private person you should look for hallmarks and determine where it was made, look for the manufacturer, the year, you might have come across a small fortune if the price is right.
Here are a few notable antique silver makers:
S Blackensee and Sons Ltd
Elkington and Co
Roberts and Belk
Walker and Hall
Richard Woodman Burbridge
Generally, a silver teapot must be made of at least 92.5% silver or else it is not considered „of silver” anymore. Exceptions are made though, there are some Irish ones that are mixed with copper that are very valuable, but that’s because of the fact that they aren’t produced anymore.
Make sure that the base of the teapot is higher or else it might damage whatever it sits on when it’s full and hot with tea. So, you don’t want a thin base.
Silver teapots are most impressive when they are well cleaned and glittering with light.
How to clean a silver teapot.
If you happen to have a silver teapot or plan on buying one you will have to clean it once in a while, especially if you just bought it and intend to use it.
Their true value can be seen when they are spotless and shiny! Here are a few ways on how you can clean your teapot before you serve your friends with tea next time.
You will impress them when they will look at your teapot and notice that they can see their reflection as clear as looking in the mirror.
Use simple soft soap types and warm water, avoid any soaps with hard corrosive ingredients. Natural soaps are perfect for this task.
Then take a kitchen sponge or a soft cloth, avoid abrasive sponges, cloths and brushes, they can scratch the surface. In other words, avoid any harsh cleaners and you’ll be fine.
Rinse the teapot very well and make sure that every trace of soap has disappeared, afterward dry it using a soft towel. If there are places where you can’t reach with the towel use a hair drier. You will most probably use it on the inside.
Of course, you can always use a soluble solution, silver is very resistant to corrosive agents but if you still want to be sure, there are solutions that are special for silver pieces.
After you clean it and you want to have it ready for use right before serving, wrap it in dry paper and put it inside a plastic ziplock bag, this is the best way to keep it safe from dust and marks.