ARTIST / MAKER: John Watson (maker)
DATE: 1822 (made)
PLACE: Sheffield (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, ivory insulators

This teapot is modelled in the shape of a melon, conforming to the fashion for naturalistic forms and shapes. Melon-shaped tea wares and mustard pots were inspired by 18th century Dutch silverware and were widely available in the 19th century.

John Watson registered his own marks in 1795, acting as the principal partner in the firm of Watson Pass & Co. until 1822 when the company was named John Watson & Son. The company continued to produce from premises on Furnace Hill in Sheffield, until around 1835.