Exquisite ebony-handled silver teapot with the Moscow 1833
hallmarks of silversmith Nikolai Dubrovin (active 1822-1855;
died 1862). Perfect example of what you might have used for
your morning tea had God made you a Nineteenth Century
Russian nobleman. Profusely hallmarked!
Other than the marks at various places that verify the
silver content of the pot, the most important hallmarks are
on the bottom: the Moscow city mark, a number "84"
indicating the silver content, a НД or "ND" and 1833 stamp
for the maker, Nikolai Dubrovin. The fourth stamp reads "Д"
("D") with a blurred second letter; it is unknown to whom
this referred although it could identify the retailer who
originally sold the teapot.
Weighs 366 grams (which includes the handle and finial);
14cm tall, 9cm wide, 23cm from outer curve of the ebony
handle to tip of the spout. Interior still shows gilding,
four decorative bands surround the pot, two are chased and
two are repoussť . The wooden finial compliments the
repoussť work on the lid.
Excellent condition. The wooden finial has probably been
either repaired or replaced, as will be noticed by observing
the new nut and screw on the inside of the lid. The finial
is firmly in place and since it is in perfect proportion to
the rest of the pot, we are inclined to think that it may be
original to the piece. (Close inspection of the 5mm square
bolt head shows that it is old silver plate rather than
solid silver. This does not detract in the least from the
teapot's appearance.) Until silverware and silver dining
accessories began to be mass produced by the end of the
nineteenth century, silver tea- and coffee pots were
regularly returned to jeweler's workshops for adjustment or
even replacement of their wooden handles and finials because
the wooden components sometimes became loose due to frequent
use. It was not until the development of stronger materials
like Bakelite that the need for periodic repairs more or
Displayed with a couple of cups and saucers plus maybe one
or two other silver accessories, this would make a striking
addition to a sideboard, a butler's table, or especially an
antique tea table in a sunny room.