Antique Victorian Silver Plated Teapot (Elkington & Co, 1890)

Antique Victorian Silver Plated Teapot (Elkington & Co, 1890)

SKU: 0389


A fine quality antique English Victorian silver plated teapot. Oval shaped body with fluted panels on either side & beautifully decorated with hand chased foliate decoration. Raised on a pedestal base with matching decoration, with a scrolled lifting handle on one side & shaped pouring spout on the other side. Oval shaped domed hinged lid with matching fluted panels & a finial handle on the top. Marked on the underside with the makers mark which from the date mark we can date this teapot precisely to 1890. Lovely fully usable collectors item.



Elkington & Co.

Birmingham, England.


Elkington & Co. are one of the most important names in English silver and certainly the most important in silver plate. They began life in Birmingham as a company of silversmiths in 1836, and experimented with improving gilding techniques. By 1838 they had discovered and patented a new way to electroplate one metal on to the surface of another. By 1840 production was already underway with silver electroplated wares. The company received financial backing from Josiah Mason in 1842 (renaming the firm Elkington, Mason & Co between 1842 and 1861) and was extremely successful. It introduced electrotyping as a new method of production for silver plated items. Elkington & Co exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with enormous success

In 1885 Elkington registered designs by Christopher Dresser. Dresser's designs included tea services, sugar bowls, claret jugs, kettles, cruet stands, baskets, a tureen and a tankard. His models are recorded in Elkington's silver and plated ware pattern-books.

Elkington held Royal Warrants for Queen Victoria, King Edward VI, King George V, King Edward VIII and King George VI. The Elkington & Co. name is still in use today as manufacturers under the auspices of British Silverware Ltd.






775 grams



L x W x H

300mm x 125mm x 220mm



Excellent condition with light surface marks that are consistent with genuine age, use & polishing. There are no dings or dents & there is no loss of silver plate except for a tiny little rub patch on the lifting handle which can be seen in the photographs above.


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