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    Exquisite ebony-handled silver teapot with the Moscow 1833 hallmarks of silversmith Nikolai Dubrovin (active 1822-1855; died 1862).

    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 less stopped.

    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.

    Item# 25290

    $1,250.00  

     
       
     
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