Elias Pelletreau Silver Teapot, ca. 1750 | Vintage Portland | Preview

Elias Pelletreau Silver Teapot, ca. 1750 | Vintage Portland | Preview

GUEST: It’s come down mother to
daughter since it was made. My aunt gave it to me because
she didn’t have a daughter. APPRAISER: Well, it was made, of
course, in the 18th century on
Long Island by Elias Pelletreau, who was a Huguenot silversmith
who was working in the middle of
the 18th century right through the Revolutionary Period. Of course, teapots
from the Revolutionary
Reriod are always small. Tea was very expensive
in the 18th century. Of course, every prosperous
American family just like their
counterparts in England wanted to have tea. Of course, after the Revolution
and the Boston Tea Party tea
became less popular and a lot of the more patriotic families
bought coffee pots instead. But this dates, I would say
from the period just before
the revolution probably about 1760, 1765. Now, one thing to bear in
mind– those of you watching
this on television– is that just because of an object is
marked “E.P.”– this has the
“E.P.” stamp– doesn’t mean to say that it’s by the
famous Elias Pelletreau. There are lots of pieces made
in the 19th century a hundred
years ago in silver plate and they were stamped
“E.P.” which in fact
means electroplate. So it’s a bit of a word of
warning there because Elias
Pelletreau was not prolific. He didn’t make more than 100 or
so pieces during his lifetime. On the base with the maker’s
mark is also some initials which
look like they are contemporary with the teapot. Do you know who these are? GUEST: David and Phoebe Mulford. APPRAISER: Okay, so this is
a marriage here: David and
“P” for Phoebe, Mulford. Okay, and they were
your ancestors? GUEST: Mm-hmm. APPRAISER: Probably originally
this was part of a set– there
were probably a creamer and sugar bowl? GUEST: Well, yes, I know
there was a creamer. APPRAISER: Tea
sets get split up. Flatware sets get split up
and it’s a shame actually from
the sheer value point of view because tea sets are
always worth a premium
if they’re complete but
in any event, a single teapot by Elias Pelletreau
like this is quite
a significant piece. It’s obviously had quite a bit
of tea in it as you can see
but still it has a really nice color– the patina’s very
nice– and the fact that it’s
come down in the family adds to its price. And I would say at the moment
this is worth somewhere in the
region of $20,000 probably. GUEST: Oh, that’s nice to know. APPRAISER: But obviously
worth far more to you
as a piece of family. GUEST: Yes, I’m not
about to let it go. I have a daughter who has
two daughters herself so, you
see, it will go down that way. APPRAISER: So it can keep
going down in the family. GUEST: Yes. APPRAISER: Mmm, good.


  1. I don't understand why the expert doesn't ask "do you know where the creamer is?
    Or "who were the ancestors"? And where were they from"?
    That info would make the story more interesting.

  2. What a treasure. I would be proud to take care of such an heirloom and have a great story to go with it I'm sure.

  3. I have a Tea Pot from Scotland, currently kept in my Storage, that was past down to my Mother from her Mother, my Gran. This was past down generations before. I would be interested to its possible Historical vaue

  4. Why does everyone on this video say shes gonna sell it or she should sell it? This was from 1998 that woman is probably gone to glory now.

  5. “It’s worth about 20,000 dollars… but I’m sure worth far more than that to you as a family heirloom.”
    “Ummm…. yeah.”

  6. I am a huge tea service enthusiast and the most expensive tea service I’ve ever seen (made by Odiot, included 9 pieces, and weighed 53 pounds) was $65,000 so I was not prepared for that 20k estimate lol.

  7. Wow, that’s a very cool antique to have! I hope no one in her family watches this because they will most likely sell it after she passes away.

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