Of colonial interest. A delightful antique silver teapot with embossed decoration all over of a hunting scene. With an elephant finial and stylised elephant handle and spout. The body has an interesting decoration of a jungle inhabited by elephants, lions and wild cows; to one side there is an elephant, with his mahout, and riding on the howdah* a hunter is taking aim at a group of lions, on the other side the man on horseback is shooting a gun and is accompanied by his hunting dog. Weight 547 grams, 17.5 troy ounces. Height 11 (to top of finial). Spread 23.5 cms. Stamped underneath with Indian silver marks for Bombay. Circa 1900.
This pretty teapot is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The deep relief decoration is crisp and good quality. The pot has been tested for water retention and does not leak. There is a small dent to the front (see photo 1),
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
*A howdah is a carriage mounted on the back of an elephant, or occasionally some other animal such as a camel, used to carry wealthy people or for use in hunting or warfare. As a symbol of wealth for the owner it was often decorated with expensive gems.