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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 George III hallmarked sterling silver teapot (L:30cm, wt 636 grams), London c1814
Apr 26, 1:00 PM AEST
A George III hallmarked sterling silver teapot (L:30cm, wt 636 grams), London c1814
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD45011 Bids
Sterling Silver Tilting Teapot on Stand 2,140g
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Tilting Teapot on Stand 2,140g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$6505 Bids
Maciel Sterling Silver Mexico 4pc Tea Set 2460g
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Maciel Sterling Silver Mexico 4pc Tea Set 2460g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1,4004 Bids
A hallmarked sterling silver teapot, London c1903 (H:26cm, wt551grams)
Apr 26, 1:00 PM AEST
A hallmarked sterling silver teapot, London c1903 (H:26cm, wt551grams)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD350- AUD450
AUD304 Bids
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5pc Indian Silver Coffee and Tea Set
Apr 28, 2:00 PM EDT
5pc Indian Silver Coffee and Tea Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $800- $2,000
$2753 Bids
An Irish Victorian sterling silver teapot, Robert Smith, Dublin, 1853
Apr 28, 10:00 AM PDT
An Irish Victorian sterling silver teapot, Robert Smith, Dublin, 1853
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$4503 Bids
POOLE (TAUNTON, MA) SILVER FIVE-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE
Apr 24, 1:00 PM EDT
POOLE (TAUNTON, MA) SILVER FIVE-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE
by Potomack Company
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,6003 Bids
Gorham Sterling Silver Five Piece Tea Service
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Five Piece Tea Service
by Nye & Company
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$1,1002 Bids
American Silver Six Piece Tea and Coffee Service
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
American Silver Six Piece Tea and Coffee Service
by Nye & Company
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,7502 Bids
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Cardeilhac Sterling Tea & Coffee Service
May 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Cardeilhac Sterling Tea & Coffee Service
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $100- $25,000
$1002 Bids
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Sterling Silver Teapot And Coffee Pot
May 05, 10:00 AM CDT
Sterling Silver Teapot And Coffee Pot
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $100- $25,000
$1002 Bids
ENGLISH SILVER TEAPOT AND OTHER CONTINENTAL ITEMS
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
ENGLISH SILVER TEAPOT AND OTHER CONTINENTAL ITEMS
by Potomack Company
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
RUSSIAN SILVER FOUR-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE, NICKOLAY LUKICH DUBROVIN (MOSCOW), (FL. 1822-1855)
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN SILVER FOUR-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE, NICKOLAY LUKICH DUBROVIN (MOSCOW), (FL. 1822-1855)
by Potomack Company
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,2002 Bids
GROUP OF AMERICAN SILVER ITEMS
Apr 30, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP OF AMERICAN SILVER ITEMS
by Potomack Company
Est: $150- $250
$2002 Bids
Harrison Brothers & Howson Silver Teapot
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Harrison Brothers & Howson Silver Teapot
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $300
$502 Bids
SET CONSISTING OF A SILVER TEA FLASK AND BOX, VARIOUS HALLMARKS.
Apr 27, 11:00 AM CEST
SET CONSISTING OF A SILVER TEA FLASK AND BOX, VARIOUS HALLMARKS.
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
Wasserkanne, Saftkanne und Teekanne von Odiot
May 03, 10:00 AM CEST
Wasserkanne, Saftkanne und Teekanne von Odiot
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2401 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Teapots & Sets


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Van Ham Kunstauktionen

Claydon Auctioneers

Claydon Auctioneers