The Teapot is of the Drum form with straight sides and a straight spout. This example has a domed pull-off cover which terminates in a turned fruit wood finial.
Both the cover and sides are decorated with reeded bands. This example has a fruitwood handle and the base of the pot is very well marked, with a full set of hallmarks. The cover is marked with a good maker's mark, sterling mark and duty mark.
During the whole course of the Eighteenth century a number of small, (but otherwise identical to their full sized brethren) teapots were produced, particularly from 1725 to 1775.
These were used as Bachelor Teapots or in some cases very rare Saffron Teapots, which was consumed for its cleansing qualities. Few examples from this period survive today. This is the first time we have seen an example coming from York.