This is a rare example of a Scottish silver teapot produced by the silversmith Edward Lothian. It bears the armorial crest of the Gordon family of Cluny Castle, Scotland and Tobago. Silver bullet teapots became fashionable in Britain from the beginning of the 18th century. The spherical shape of this example and the tall raised foot are features characteristic of Scottish teapot design during this period. Teapots of this form, from Edinburgh and Glasgow, were made from as early as 1722 until the mid-1740s.