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Pretty Antique Brass Tea Kettle
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Very pretty brass antique tea kettle having beaded decoration around the periphery, elegant narrow straight spout, and big carved wood handle.
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19th Century North American Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

  • Pretty Antique Brass Tea Kettle
  • Pretty Antique Brass Tea Kettle
  • Pretty Antique Brass Tea Kettle
  • Pretty Antique Brass Tea Kettle
H 11 in. W 12.25 in. D 8 in.
19th Century Copper Tea Kettle Handmade
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine European copper tea kettle is in fine polished condition. It could be used on your stove as well as decorative on a shelf. Signed on handle O.S.THORIN -MARSTRAND -2.
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19th Century Belgian Adirondack Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Straight Handled Tea Kettle
Located in NYC, NY
A straight handled tea kettle with good tarnish to the silver with a mahogany handle.
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19th Century American Primitive Tea Kettle Antique

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Metal

  • Straight Handled Tea Kettle
  • Antique Straight Handled Tea Kettle
  • Straight Handled Tea Kettle
  • Antique Straight Handled Tea Kettle
H 10 in. Dm 4.5 in.
Japanese Silver Tea Kettle
Located in London, GB
A Japanese silver tea kettle with dragon spout and embossed dragon around the body. The handle is formed of two entwined dragons.
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1890s Japanese Meiji Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver

  • Japanese Silver Tea Kettle
  • Antique Japanese Silver Tea Kettle
  • Japanese Silver Tea Kettle
  • Antique Japanese Silver Tea Kettle
H 8.08 in. Dm 5.91 in.
Very Large Antique Patinated Copper on Metal Tea Kettle
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A big gutsy patinated copper over metal tea kettle with worn wooden handle. If objects could talk, this would have some stories! Meticulous Anglo Indian decoration and aged matte pat...
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Early 1900s Indian Tea Kettle Antique

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Metal, Copper

1890s Victorian Queen Anne Style Sterling Silver Spirit Tea Kettle
By Gibson & Langman
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver spirit tea kettle made in the Queen Anne style; an addition to our antique silver teaware collection This impressiv...
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1890s English Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Moroccan Brass Tea Kettle on Stand Handcrafted in Fez Morocco
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Middle Eastern antique samovar brass tea kettle pot on stand. Ceremonial Moroccan brass handcrafted tea kettle pot with warmer on stand. Museum quality, one of a kind artisticaly and...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Moorish Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

Queen Anne Style Edwardian Sterling Silver Spirit Tea Kettle
By William Hutton & Sons
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Edwardian English sterling silver spirit tea kettle made in the Queen Anne style; an addition to our antique silver teaware collection. ...
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Early 1900s English Edwardian Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique Turkish Hammered Copper Gooseneck Tea Kettle Coffee Pot
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique copper clad gooseneck tea kettle with lid and turned wood handle. Measures: 13” x 9” x 9.5” / Height of Handle – 4.75” (Width x Depth x Height).
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19th Century Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Antique Copper Tea Kettle Coffee Pot Straight Spout Rustic Wooden Handle
Located in Dayton, OH
Very shiny antique copper tea kettle with straight spout and wood handle. Measures: 13".  
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Early 20th Century Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

19c Fireplace Accessories, Brass Tea Kettle Heater with Log Tool
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This tea kettle warmer is intended to be placed in the hearth, with the kettle placed on the top, and then smoldering small logs would be pulled by the log tool to under the open spa...
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Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Tea Kettle on Stand, Moscow, circa 1761
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Antique mid-18th century Imperial Russian rare solid silver tea kettle on Stand, the bullet shaped body chased with Rococo decoration and spiral bands, mounted with a turned wood swi...
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18th Century Russian Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver

Large Late 19th Century French Copper Tea Kettle with Lid, Circa 1900
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This large scale nineteenth century French copper tea kettle features a copper riveted handle and lid appointed with a brass knob. The tea kettle measures 16 inches in height by 11 i...
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Late 19th Century French Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass, Copper

Gorham American Renaissance Japanesque Brass Tea Kettle
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Sharon, CT
In the oriental taste of the time. Brass with a wood finial and handle. Signed.
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1880s American Anglo-Japanese Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

Grand Copper Raj Period Tea Kettle in Anglo-Indian Taste, Late 19th Century
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
A grand copper Raj Period tea kettle in Anglo-Indian Taste with cut-work decorative overlays of brass. Old spout repair. Late 19th century. We have been a major source for the sel...
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Late 19th Century Indian Anglo-Indian Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Geo III Silver Hot Water Tea Kettle/Urn on Stand, circa 1808 by Thos Watson & Co
Located in valatie, NY
A Geo III Silver hot water tea kettle/urn on stand, circa 1808 by Thos Watson & Co Sheffield. The urn of tapering bulbous form engraved with oak leaves and acorns, both body and cove...
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Early 1800s English George III Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Japanese Cast Iron Tea Kettle Water Pot Tetsubin, Late 19th Century
Located in Studio City, CA
A large, heavy and uniquely shaped Japanese cast iron teapot tetsubin without top. Likely late 19th-early 20th century. From a collection of Japanese antiques and artifacts. ...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Tea Kettle Antique

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Iron

Antique English Copper Tea Kettle Pitcher Hand Seamed Wood Handle Pour Spout
Located in Tyler, TX
Beautiful and unique antique English copper tea or coffee kettle with pour spout, hinged lid, and wood handle~~hand-seamed~~c. 1900 Measures: 9" tall to top of spout 11.5" tall o...
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Late 19th Century English British Colonial Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Chinese Export Silver Spirit Kettle Circa 1900
By Luen Wo
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Chinese export silver spirit tea kettle on stand; an addition to our antique silver teaware collection This exceptional antique Chinese...
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Early 1900s Chinese Chinese Export Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver

Arthur Stone Sterling Silver Tea Set Tilting Kettle on Cradle w Tray Hollowware
Located in Big Bend, WI
Fabulous Arthur stone sterling silver tea set in excellent condition. All pieces Monogrammed CAV (For Alan C. Vedder). Seven pieces which include: Sterling tray by Herbert Taylo...
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Early 20th Century American Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Antique George II Georgian Silver Kettle on Stand London 1745 Teapot
By William Grundy
Located in London, GB
An excellent George II Georgian solid Silver Kettle on Stand. The Tea Pot has an ornate chased design including floral, foliate and scroll patterning, and each side has a shaped cart...
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18th Century English George II Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Rare Antique Silver Plated Kettle-Drum Tea Set
Located in London, GB
Exceptional and rare, possibly unique, three-piece, silver-plated tea set, comprising a teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl, all authentically modelled as military kettle drums with appl...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver Plate

Antique Dovetail Copper Brass Engraved Tea Coffee Pot Kettle Bonsai Gooseneck
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Middle Eastern dovetailed copper tea coffee ewer samovar pot with brass handle, attached lid, and a curved gooseneck bonsai spout. Size: 9".  
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Late 19th Century Islamic Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass, Copper

Antique Victorian 5 Piece Silver Tea and Coffee Set with Kettle, 1881 / 82
By Martin & Hall
Located in London, GB
A magnificent antique Victorian sterling Silver Tea and Coffee set comprising of a Kettle on Stand, Tea Pot, Coffee Pot, Cream / Milk Jug & Sugar Bowl. Each piece of this vase shaped...
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19th Century English Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Mary Chilton Towle Sterling Silver Tea Set Kettle Creamer Sugar 4-Pc (#0174)
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Big Bend, WI
Mary Chilton by Towle. Mary Chilton by Towle four-piece sterling silver tea set. This Classic looking set includes a three-piece tea set and a hot water kettle, circa 1920. They ar...
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Early 20th Century Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Etruscan by Gorham Sterling Silver Tea Set with Kettle Five-Pieces Hollowware
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Big Bend, WI
Etruscan by Gorham. Art Deco Etruscan by Gorham five-piece sterling silver tea set. The set dates from about 1915 and has no monogram. It includes: Kettle on Stand: Stamped wit...
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1890s American Art Deco Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Antique George II Georgian Sterling Silver Kettle on Stand, 1734 Tea Pot
Located in London, GB
A gorgeous Antique George II Sterling Silver Kettle on Stand with burner. This round Georgian Teapot Kettle stand in a the legged stand - each leg features a scroll pattern and ends ...
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18th Century English George II Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Copper Coffee Kettle
Located in South Salem, NY
Vintage copper coffee kettle with original wooden handle. Early 20th century. Wear consistent with age and use.
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Early 20th Century French Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • Copper Coffee Kettle
  • Copper Coffee Kettle
  • Copper Coffee Kettle
  • Copper Coffee Kettle
H 9 in. W 10 in. D 6 in.
Antique 19th Century Copper Tea Coffee Pot Campfire Ship Kettle Water Can
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique copper coffee kettle used to brew over an open flame in the late 19th century.  Measures: 14".  
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Late 19th Century Rustic Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Victorian Copper Kettle
Located in Norwich, GB
Unusual Victorian copper kettle with a nice shaped handle and spout. Lovely original condition. 1860 Measures: H22cm W21cm D21cm Height of body 7cm.  
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19th Century English Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • Victorian Copper Kettle
  • Victorian Copper Kettle
  • Victorian Copper Kettle
  • Victorian Copper Kettle
H 8.67 in. W 8.27 in. D 8.27 in.
Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Spirit Kettle
By Edward Barnard & Sons
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive, antique Victorian English sterling silver spirit kettle; an addition to our antique silver teaware collection This exceptional antique Victori...
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1840s British Early Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Antique Collection of Three Copper Kettles
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique Collection of three copper kettles having quality shaped handles and spouts, lift off lids with original finials Measures: 23 x 26 x 17cm 25 x 24 x 19cm 15 x 14 x 11cm ...
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1860s English Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • Antique Collection of Three Copper Kettles
  • Antique Collection of Three Copper Kettles
  • Antique Collection of Three Copper Kettles
  • Antique Collection of Three Copper Kettles
H 9.85 in. W 9.45 in. D 7.49 in.
Large George III Antique Copper Kettle
Located in Norwich, GB
Large George III antique copper kettle with an unusual shaped handle with lift off lid. Traditional shaped spout. Height of body 15cm Measures: H 36cm W 27cm D 27cm 1800.   
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Early 1800s English George III Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • Large George III Antique Copper Kettle
  • Large George III Antique Copper Kettle
  • Large George III Antique Copper Kettle
  • Large George III Antique Copper Kettle
H 14.18 in. W 10.63 in. D 10.63 in.
Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
Located in Norwich, GB
Large antique George III quality copper kettle having a quality shaped handle and spout and lift off lid with original finale. Measures: 29.5 x 22 x 22cm Date 1800.  
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Early 1800s English George III Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
H 11.62 in. W 8.67 in. D 8.67 in.
Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
Located in Norwich, GB
Large antique George III quality copper kettle having a quality shaped handle and spout, lift of lid with original finial. As photographed we have a similar example available. ...
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Early 1800s English George III Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
  • Large Antique George III Quality Copper Kettle
H 14.18 in. W 12.6 in. D 8.67 in.
Antique George III Quality Oval Copper Kettle
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique George III quality oval copper kettle having a quality oval copper kettle with a shaped handle, spout and a removable lid. Measures: H 29 x 17 x 31cm Date 1800.  
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Early 1800s English George III Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • Antique George III Quality Oval Copper Kettle
  • Antique George III Quality Oval Copper Kettle
  • Antique George III Quality Oval Copper Kettle
  • Antique George III Quality Oval Copper Kettle
H 11.42 in. W 6.7 in. D 12.21 in.
Antique Edwardian Silver Plated Spirit Kettle on Stand
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique Edwardian silver plated spirit kettle on stand with original shaped handle, lift up lid with original handle shaped spout. Pretty reeded decoration with original burner and r...
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Early 20th Century English Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver Plate

Group of Six 19th Century French Copper Kettles
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Group of six continental copper spouted and handled kettles. One marked "Carlstom Yarberg" and another "SKS Wasa." Period: 19th century Origin: Continental Size: Largest 13" ...
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Mid-19th Century French Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Antique German Queen Anne Style Silver Spirit Kettle, Circa 1910
By Somme Nachf
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique German silver spirit kettle on stand in the Queen Anne style; an addition to our antique silver tea ware collection. This exceptional a...
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1910s German Queen Anne Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver

Antique Victorian English Sterling Silver Spirit Kettle by Dobson & Sons
By Thomas William Dobson 1
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver spirit kettle; an addition to our Victorian silver teaware collection. This exceptional antique sterl...
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1880s English Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Set of Kettles, Coffee Pot, Milk Jug and Sugar-Basin
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Set of kettles, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar-basin, silvered metal, ebony, early 20th century. Measures: Kettles H 25 cm, L 18cm, W 9cm Coffee pot H 17, L 26 cm, W 11 cm Milk ju...
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Early 20th Century British Napoleon III Tea Kettle Antique

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Metal

Antique William IV Sterling Silver Kettle on Stand 1836 Melon Pattern
By John Wrangham & William Moulson
Located in London, GB
An impressive antique William IV solid Silver Kettle on Stand in an elegant classic Melon pattern. The stand rests on 4 shell feet and has a removable burner resting in the centre. T...
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19th Century English William IV Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Japanese Edo Period Iron Tetsubin Tea Pot Kettle with Turtle Motif Decoration
Located in Studio City, CA
This is a truly rare and uniquely decorated and designed Edo period tetsubin. The detail and craftsmanship are spectacular. We have not seen another work quite like it. There appe...
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19th Century Japanese Edo Tea Kettle Antique

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Iron

19th Century Victorian Silver Massive Tea Kettle Stand and Burner, circa 1855
By George Richards Elkington
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Antique mid-19th century Victorian solid silver tea kettle on a three feet burner stand, impressively large and very heavy (twice the size as a usual one), the swirl fluted body is c...
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19th Century English Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Tea Kettle
Located in Bologna, IT
Tea kettle on lampstand finely hand decorated rococo style,tha swinging handle is covered as heat insulator.Enjoy the particular hand -chased putti,masks and detailed flowers created...
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Early 19th Century Rococo Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

  • Tea Kettle
  • Tea Kettle
  • Tea Kettle
  • Tea Kettle
H 16 in. Dm 11,5 in.
English Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1840
Located in Ambler, PA
English brass tea kettle, circa 1840. Unusual oval shaped tea kettle in brass. Dovetailed. Measures: Height 9 1/2?, diameter 5 1/2?.
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1840s Great Britain (UK) Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

English Copper Tea Kettle, circa 1875
Located in Ambler, PA
English copper tea kettle, circa 1875. Dovetailed, original condition.
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1870s Great Britain (UK) Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1850
Located in Ambler, PA
Dutch brass tea kettle, circa 1850 Cast spout. Copper bottom. Swing handle. Measures: Height 11 1/2?, diameter 10 3/8?.
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1850s Dutch Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass, Copper

  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1850
  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1850
  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1850
  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1850
H 11.5 in. Dm 10.38 in.
Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1780
Located in Ambler, PA
Dutch brass tea kettle, circa 1780 Dovetailed above and below the spout. Shaped swing handle. Measures: Height 11 1/4?, base diameter 4 1/2?.
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1780s Dutch Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1790
Located in Ambler, PA
Dutch brass tea kettle. Swing handle. Dovetailed above and below spout. Acorn finial on lid, circa 1790. Hand rolled rivet on handle ears.
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1790s Dutch Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1790
  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1790
  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1790
  • Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1790
H 10.13 in. Dm 10.75 in.
Dutch Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1800
Located in Ambler, PA
Dutch brass tea kettle, circa 1800. Unusual shape with swing handle. All original. Nicely dovetailed. Measures: Height 11 1/2?, diameter 9?.
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Early 1800s Dutch Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

Dutch Tea Kettle with Swing Handle, circa 1800
Located in Ambler, PA
Dutch tea kettle with swing handle, circa 1800. Fine brass tea kettle with swing handle. Dovetailed. Unusual shape. Measures: Height 4?, diameter 6 1/4?.
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Early 1800s Dutch Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

Large Oval English Copper Tea Kettle, circa 1840
Located in Ambler, PA
Large oval English copper tea kettle, circa 1840. Dovetailed.
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1840s Great Britain (UK) Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

Rare English Brass Silver Form Tea Kettle, circa 1720
Located in Ambler, PA
Rare English brass silver form tea kettle. Cast and seamed faceted spout. Cast swing handle with wood centre, circa 1720.
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1720s Great Britain (UK) Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass

Arts and Crafts English Brass Tea Kettle, circa 1890
Located in Ambler, PA
Arts and Crafts English brass tea kettle, circa 1890. With twisted swing handle. Beautifully decorated body. Measures: Height: 8 3/4″, diameter 5 1/4″.
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1890s British Arts and Crafts Tea Kettle Antique

English Copper Tea Kettle, circa 1840
Located in Ambler, PA
English copper tea kettle, circa 1840. Oval shape. Dovetailed.
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1840s Great Britain (UK) Tea Kettle Antique

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Copper

  • English Copper Tea Kettle, circa 1840
  • English Copper Tea Kettle, circa 1840
  • English Copper Tea Kettle, circa 1840
  • English Copper Tea Kettle, circa 1840
H 10.25 in. W 6 in. D 7.63 in.
Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Tea Kettle and Stand Birmingham, 1874
By Frederick Elkington
Located in 53-64 Chancery Lane, London
A delightful looking 19th century swing handled plain form tea kettle on stand designed with an elegant spherical shaped body. The detachable stand has a central burner and sits on s...
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1870s English Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Sterling Silver

Mid-19th Century Antique Victorian Sterling Silver 'Russian Interest' Tea Kettle
By Alexander MacRae
Located in 53-64 Chancery Lane, London
A rare silver Victorian tea kettle on stand made for the Russian market. The body has ornate floral designs which is set on a matt background with plain formed ‘streams’ entwining th...
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1860s British High Victorian Tea Kettle Antique

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Silver

Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
By Christopher Dresser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unusually geometric in form, this extraordinarily inventive copper and brass kettle looks like a Bauhaus thesis project from 1930 but was actually created in England in 1878 by the w...
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Late 19th Century British Aesthetic Movement Tea Kettle Antique

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Brass, Copper

  • Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
  • Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
  • Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
  • Tea Kettle by Dr. Christopher Dresser
H 10 in. W 8.9 in. D 6.1 in.
Antique Sterling Silver Victorian Tea Kettle London 1856 Robert Harper
By Robert Harper
Located in 53-64 Chancery Lane, London
A stunningly beautiful large 19th century Victorian tea kettle on stand with floral and foliate chasing set on a matte background. The kettle has a double cartouche in which sits a f...
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Mid-19th Century British Tea Kettle Antique

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Tea Kettle Antique For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the tea kettle antique you’re looking for. A tea kettle antique — often made from metal, silver and copper — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer tea kettle antique, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A tea kettle antique is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Victorian, Georgian and Art Nouveau styles are sought with frequency. A well-made tea kettle antique has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Gorham Manufacturing Company, Peter Behrens and Christopher Dresser are consistently popular.

How Much is a Tea Kettle Antique?

Prices for a tea kettle antique start at $150 and top out at $40,826 with the average selling for $1,200.

Finding the Right Tea Sets for You

Ready to serve high tea and brunch for your family and friends? Start with the right antique, new or vintage tea set.

Tea is a multicultural, multinational beverage and isn’t confined to any particular lifestyle or age group. It has humble beginnings, and one of its best-known origin stories places the first cups of tea in 2700 B.C. in China, where it was recognized for its medicinal properties. Jump ahead to 17th-century England, when Chinese tea began to arrive at ports in London. During the early 1800s, tea became widely affordable, and the concept of teatime took shape all over England. Today, more than 150 million people reportedly drink tea daily in the United States.

Early tea drinkers enjoyed their beverage in a bowl, and English potters eventually added a handle to the porcelain bowls so that burning your fingers became less of a teatime hazard. With the rise in the popularity of teatime, tea sets, also referred to as tea service, became a hot commodity.

During Queen Victoria’s reign, teakettles and coffeepots were added to tea services that were quite large — indeed, small baked goods were served with your drink back then, and a tea set could include many teacups and saucers, a milk pot and other accessories.

During the early 1920s, a sterling-silver full tea service and tray designed by Tiffany & Co. might include a hot-water kettle on a stand, a coffeepot, teapot, a creamer with a small lip spout, a waste bowl and a bowl for sugar, which the British were stirring into tea as early as the 18th century.

But you don’t have to limit your tea set to Victorian or Art Deco styles — shake up teatime with an artful contemporary service. If the bold porcelain cups and saucers by Italian brand Seletti are too unconventional for your otherwise subdued tea circle, find antique services on 1stDibs from Japan, France and other locales as well as vintage mid-century modern tea sets and neoclassical designs.