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Sterling Silver Teapots & Sets

A proper European tea ceremony would not be complete without a sterling tea set, as the tradition of serving tea with a sterling silver set dates back centuries. Tea made its way to Europe in the 17th century when affluent merchants and nobility took up drinking tea.

Over the course of the next century, black tea gained in popularity among a wider spectrum of society with those who sought to emulate the lifestyles of the upper classes. Thanks in part to Queen Victoria’s affinity for tea, the steeped beverage became associated with wealth and status.

By the 18th century, sterling teapots and sets become more plentiful, but they still represented aspirational items that were prohibitively expensive for the majority of citizens. Today, silver teapots and sets are among the most common, though many are silver plated rather than solid sterling. The latter material makes an excellent choice for serving tea and coffee because of the metal’s natural ability to retain heat, keeping beverages warm for a long period of time. Also, unlike ceramics, sterling is incredibly durable, so it will never chip or crack if accidentally dropped.


Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Sotheby’s sold a Tiffany & Co. tea service for 40,000 GBP
  • Skinner Auctioneers sold a sterling Tiffany & Co. coffee and tea service for more than $22,000, more than four times the original estimate
  • Aside from Tiffany & Co., Handarbeit of Germany and Arthur Stone are among the most expensive makers of tea sets, often commanding many tens of thousands of dollars

Recommended Items at Auction

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A GILDED SILVER NIELLO TEAPOT AND COVER AND A HINGED BOX AND COVER Siam, 19th century (3)
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A GILDED SILVER NIELLO TEAPOT AND COVER AND A HINGED BOX AND COVER Siam, 19th century (3)
by Bonhams
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,2002 Bids
MAUSER MFG. CO 5 PIECE STERLING COFFEE & TEA SERVICE
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
MAUSER MFG. CO 5 PIECE STERLING COFFEE & TEA SERVICE
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6001 Bid
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A Four-Piece Tiffany & Co. Silver Tea Set, New York, 1912 Marks to teapot: TIFFA
Nov 16, 10:00 AM CST
A Four-Piece Tiffany & Co. Silver Tea Set, New York, 1912 Marks to teapot: TIFFA
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
Tea pot, ottoman approx. 1860s
Oct 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Tea pot, ottoman approx. 1860s
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €250- €1,000
€2401 Bid
Allen Porter Britannia teapot
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Allen Porter Britannia teapot
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
Three Piece Samurai Srokal Sterling Silver Tea Set
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Three Piece Samurai Srokal Sterling Silver Tea Set
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Dutch 833 Silver Antique Teapot & Oval Stand 683g.
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Dutch 833 Silver Antique Teapot & Oval Stand 683g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
tea pot, Nepal, around 1900, silver acid tested
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
tea pot, Nepal, around 1900, silver acid tested
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
Tea / coffee service in sterling silver (950 grams) hallmarked 800 ca 1900 Sizes: Divers W
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Tea / coffee service in sterling silver (950 grams) hallmarked 800 ca 1900 Sizes: Divers W
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €400
€3000 Bids
TEA SET PRELUDE CHASED by INTERNATIONAL STERLING SILVER
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
TEA SET PRELUDE CHASED by INTERNATIONAL STERLING SILVER
by Kotler Galleries & Auctioneers
Est: $6,120- $7,920
$4,8000 Bids
Englische Kaffee-Tee-Garnitur. E. Viners.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Englische Kaffee-Tee-Garnitur. E. Viners.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€9000 Bids
Sterling Silver Teapot and Creamer, 2.
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Teapot and Creamer, 2.
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
Teapot, England, 1818, maker'
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
Teapot, England, 1818, maker'
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
Teapot, German, 1st half of t
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
Teapot, German, 1st half of t
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids
Teapot warmer, German, 20th c
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
Teapot warmer, German, 20th c
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€4200 Bids
HANDARBEIT 3 PIECE STERLING TEA SERVICE AND TRAY
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
HANDARBEIT 3 PIECE STERLING TEA SERVICE AND TRAY
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$9000 Bids
TIFFANY & CO LIGHTHOUSE SILVER COFFEE POT SUGAR CREAMER TEA SET
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
TIFFANY & CO LIGHTHOUSE SILVER COFFEE POT SUGAR CREAMER TEA SET
by Kotler Galleries & Auctioneers
Est: $3,569- $4,662
$2,8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Teapots & Sets


Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG

Marques dos Santos

Marques dos Santos