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Early 19th Century Italian Silver Tea or Coffee Pot, Naples c. 1832-35

Early 19th Century Italian Silver Tea or Coffee Pot, Naples c. 1832-35

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Offered is a rare (at least in the United States) example of an early 19th Century Neapolitan silver teapot, bearing the maker's mark "VS" and the Neapolitan assay mark consisting of the head of Parthenope guardant, facing right. The symbol through the "N" in the hallmark (see detail picture) signals that this teapot was assayed by Paolo De Blasio, assayer in Naples 1832-1835. I'm not sure about any relationship to the current mayor of New York! The "8" below the "N" denotes the fineness - first standard silver for Naples at this time - 834/1000 fineness.

This small pot is probably either a bachelor's teapot or a pot specifically meant for espresso, as it measures only about 6 7/8 inches (17.5 cm) long from the tip of the spout to the back end of the handle, and about 4 1/8 inches (10.5 cm) high to the top of the finial. Like much antique silver from Naples, it is heavy, weighing 223 grams. Condition overall is fairly good, with some slight lean but nothing too serious. There are no major dents and no splits or repairs noted. This piece is nicely made; it is hand raised and gadrooned, and presents beautifully. It would be lovely on the shelf or put back into use!