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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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Maciel Mexico Sterling Silver (4) Piece Tea Set
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Maciel Mexico Sterling Silver (4) Piece Tea Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2104 Bids
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A Gorham "Plymouth" sterling silver tea and coffee service
Nov 30, 10:00 AM PST
A Gorham "Plymouth" sterling silver tea and coffee service
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0003 Bids
Cartier eight-piece 950 silver tea and coffee service
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Cartier eight-piece 950 silver tea and coffee service
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$9503 Bids
Very Fine Sterling Silver Tea & Coffee Service
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Very Fine Sterling Silver Tea & Coffee Service
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2102 Bids
Russian Art Deco silver tea and coffee service - Moscow 1908-1926, mark of 2nd ARTEL
Dec 07, 3:00 PM CET
Russian Art Deco silver tea and coffee service - Moscow 1908-1926, mark of 2nd ARTEL
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €700- €900
€6002 Bids
James M. ford coin silver fancy 4 piece tea set. Floral repousse and stipple ground engraved leaf
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
James M. ford coin silver fancy 4 piece tea set. Floral repousse and stipple ground engraved leaf
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,3002 Bids
AN AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TEA AND COFFEE SET, 19TH C.
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
AN AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TEA AND COFFEE SET, 19TH C.
by Helios Auctions
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,0002 Bids
S. KIRK & SONS STERLING SILVER REPOUSSÉ TEA KETTLE W/ BURNER.
Dec 20, 9:00 AM EST
S. KIRK & SONS STERLING SILVER REPOUSSÉ TEA KETTLE W/ BURNER.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,1002 Bids
George IV silver teapot, by Joseph Angel, London 1821. 885 g. (28.45 troy oz.)
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
George IV silver teapot, by Joseph Angel, London 1821. 885 g. (28.45 troy oz.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $500- $700
$3602 Bids
Tiffany & Co "Hampton" sterling silver kettle
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Tiffany & Co "Hampton" sterling silver kettle
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $700- $900
$3752 Bids
Hallmarked Silver Tea Pot
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Hallmarked Silver Tea Pot
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$412 Bids
German Silver Teapot, Sugar & Creamer
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
German Silver Teapot, Sugar & Creamer
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $750
$3501 Bid
German Silver Teapot & Four Salts
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
German Silver Teapot & Four Salts
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$3001 Bid
A George III sterling silver teapot, London 1807 by John Emes (this mark reg. 10th Jan 1798)
Nov 28, 10:00 AM GMT
A George III sterling silver teapot, London 1807 by John Emes (this mark reg. 10th Jan 1798)
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£3201 Bid
Five Piece Tiffany Sterling Tea Service
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Five Piece Tiffany Sterling Tea Service
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0001 Bid
SILVER TEAPOT VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Nov 28, 11:00 AM CST
SILVER TEAPOT VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
IMPRESSIVE YOGYA 800 SILVER TEA SERVICE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
IMPRESSIVE YOGYA 800 SILVER TEA SERVICE
by Jackson's International
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0001 Bid
A Victorian four-piece silver tea service,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
A Victorian four-piece silver tea service,
by Sworders
Est: £800- £1,200
£6001 Bid
19th century Dutch silver tea set
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
19th century Dutch silver tea set
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
Birmingham - 1904 a sterling silver three piece bachelor's tea set, Including handles: 1410 gm (45.3 troy oz.)
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
Birmingham - 1904 a sterling silver three piece bachelor's tea set, Including handles: 1410 gm (45.3 troy oz.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $700- $900
$4801 Bid
Sterling Silver Coffee Tea Kettle Server LOT 2040g
Nov 30, 11:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Coffee Tea Kettle Server LOT 2040g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Tiffany & Co. Makers sterling silver 6 piece tea set with kettle on stand. 1) Coffee pot. 8.5in
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Tiffany & Co. Makers sterling silver 6 piece tea set with kettle on stand. 1) Coffee pot. 8.5in
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2001 Bid
A sterling silver tea set, 1354 g. (43.53 troy oz.)
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A sterling silver tea set, 1354 g. (43.53 troy oz.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $600- $800
$4201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Teapots & Sets


Schuler Auktionen

Schuler Auktionen

Telearte

Telearte

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Geneve Encheres

Geneve Encheres