ANTIQUE SILVER TEAPOT STANDS
Antique Silver teapot stands Description:
A small flat piece of silver with short legs used underneath a teapot to protect a table from heat marks.
Antique Silver teapot stands History:
The earliest examples were made in the 1770s and lent themselves well to the Neoclassical styles that were prevalent at this time. Many teapots of this style from this period were flat-bottomed and therefore required a stand to protect wooden dining tables. They were made throughout the Victorian period and early twentieth century but in fairly low numbers as not all teapots required them.
Antique Silver teapot stands Design:
The stands were designed and made to match their teapot. So, for example, an oval teapot had an oval stand, and any engraving or decoration on the teapot was usually echoed on the stand as well. To provide a stable base they were always made with four feet, which also provided further heat dissipation.
Antique Silver teapot stands Collectors Note:
Always check underneath the stand and look closely at where the feet are attached to check for repairs. Check for thin spots in the middle of the stand due to removal of crests or monograms. Look closely at any applied borders to check for repairs or cracks. Hallmarks are normally underneath and therefore usually in good condition.