The earliest known silver teapot was made in 1670. This priceless treasure is now at the famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London. During the reign of Queen Anne many fine examples of teapots were made by special order from the nobility. These were only in small sizes as tea was still quite expensive. Teapots of this period were quite beautiful with the norm being a pear shaped body with a domed lid. Not until the reign of George II, (1727 – 1759) were teapots made in larger sizes and at that time, a great many were produced. Between 1725 and 1750, the popular shape was a bullet – shaped teapot. Ones that were made in the late eighteenth century ranged in style from simple oval shapes with minimal engraving to elaborate serpentine forms with extensive ornamentation.
Sterling silver is the perfect material for crafting teapots, as the natural properties of silver cause heat to be retained. Thus, tea brewed in a silver teapot will stay warm for much longer than if made from other materials.