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Silverplate Teapots & Sets

Silverplate teapots and sets amplify the elegance and Old World sophistication of any home. Since they are plated with either sterling or pure silver, they possess the entrancing white glow that collectors desire, but can be purchased at a much more accessible price point. Sterling silver tea sets can be exorbitantly expensive, often in the thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars. Thus, silverplate teapots and sets offer a more affordable way for collectors to furnish their homes.

Because silverplate only uses a small amount of pure silver, which cannot easily be extracted, the material itself has little resale value compared to that of sterling. As a result, the uniqueness and desirability of the design as well as the manufacturer and the quality of craftsmanship will have the greatest influence on its price point.

Silverplated teapots and sets can sell anywhere from $500 to several hundred dollars, sometimes more. A highly sought-after pattern by a reputable maker, such as a Winthrop-style tea set from Reed & Barton, often sells for more than $400 dollars at auction. However, that is still markedly less expensive than its retail price of around $1,000.


Quick Facts

  • While silverplate teapots and sets generally have no marks to identify them as silverplate, they are a noticeably lighter weight than sterling
  • In 2011, Skinner Auctioneers sold a Skyscraper tea set, designed in 1925 by Louis B. Rice, for more than $7,000
  • Silverplated teapots and sets that are missing pieces or have condition issues can often be purchased for a song, often less than $100

Recommended Items at Auction

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An extensive Continental silver tea service, Swiss, late 19th/early 20th century
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
An extensive Continental silver tea service, Swiss, late 19th/early 20th century
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD1,200- AUD1,500
AUD2,0009 Bids
George IV English Sterling Silver Teapot, Joseph Angell I, London, Circa 1827, 11 ozt
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
George IV English Sterling Silver Teapot, Joseph Angell I, London, Circa 1827, 11 ozt
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1755 Bids
Three piece sterling silver teapot, coffee pot and sugar bowl Antique
Oct 02, 11:00 AM AEST
Three piece sterling silver teapot, coffee pot and sugar bowl Antique
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD3,000- AUD5,000
AUD7253 Bids
Elegant silver tea cady with figures.
Oct 02, 10:00 AM CDT
Elegant silver tea cady with figures.
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$113 Bids
7 pc. Plated tea service set
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
7 pc. Plated tea service set
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
A Collection of Silver Plate including Viners Tea Service
Oct 16, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Collection of Silver Plate including Viners Tea Service
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD120
AUD301 Bid
A Neoclassical silver five-part coffee and tea set, 835/000, total weight: ca 4592 g
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A Neoclassical silver five-part coffee and tea set, 835/000, total weight: ca 4592 g
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €1,500- €1,800
€1,2001 Bid
A four-part Empire-style silver coffee and tea set on a matching plate, 800/000, ca 5947 g
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A four-part Empire-style silver coffee and tea set on a matching plate, 800/000, ca 5947 g
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €1,800- €2,500
€9001 Bid
Gorham Victorian sterling silver floral and leaf allover repousse decorated 5 piece tea set. Beaded
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorham Victorian sterling silver floral and leaf allover repousse decorated 5 piece tea set. Beaded
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $1,800- $2,400
$9001 Bid
F.B. Rodgers Silver Plate Tea Set
Oct 02, 6:00 PM EDT
F.B. Rodgers Silver Plate Tea Set
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $20- $30
$151 Bid
Victorian Plate Silver Coffee/Tea Service on Tray
Oct 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Victorian Plate Silver Coffee/Tea Service on Tray
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
INTERNATIONAL STERLING TEAPOT
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
INTERNATIONAL STERLING TEAPOT
by Americana Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid
Barket Ellis Silver on Copper Tea and Coffee Service
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Barket Ellis Silver on Copper Tea and Coffee Service
by Weschler's
Est: $40- $60
$201 Bid
Tea caddy silver-plated.
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Tea caddy silver-plated.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €50- €100
€100 Bids
divers verzilverd waaronder stel flessenbakken, schaal en theepot
Oct 06, 7:00 PM CEST
divers verzilverd waaronder stel flessenbakken, schaal en theepot
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €50- €75
€500 Bids
3-delig verzilverd Engels theeservies met decor van knormotieven en houten greep en dekselknoppen be
Oct 06, 7:00 PM CEST
3-delig verzilverd Engels theeservies met decor van knormotieven en houten greep en dekselknoppen be
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €30- €60
€300 Bids
Teeservice
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Teeservice
by Leo Spik
Est: €80- €96
€600 Bids
3-piece plated tableware
Oct 06, 10:00 AM CEST
3-piece plated tableware
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
Silver Plated Tea Service
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Silver Plated Tea Service
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Group of Silver and Silver Plate Teawares
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Silver and Silver Plate Teawares
by Stair
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
An English three piece silver plated tea set. H 15cm, W 28cm
Oct 09, 12:00 PM AEDT
An English three piece silver plated tea set. H 15cm, W 28cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD900 Bids
A Puiforcat Silver-Plate and Ebony Five-Piece Tea and Coffee Service
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Puiforcat Silver-Plate and Ebony Five-Piece Tea and Coffee Service
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
A Curling Stone-Form Silver-Plate Teapot on Stand  
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Curling Stone-Form Silver-Plate Teapot on Stand  
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silverplate Teapots & Sets


Americana Auctions

Americana Auctions

Tremont Auctions

Tremont Auctions

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers