c1860 Masonic Treacle Glaze Twin Spouted Teapot


An interesting Victorian ‘Bargeware’ treacle glaze and double spouted large teapot in good condition.

The teapot is in the traditional ovoid shape, with an above and rear handle to help steady it whilst pouring. However the main focal point is the twin pouring spouts to fill 2 cups at once. The teapot has raised decoration featuring an hemetic caduceus (2 serpents entwined around a vertical winged staff), the symbol of union and wisdom, which is held by 2 hands in the act of handshake, representing peace and friendship. The whole is surrounded by what appears to be double cornucopiae.

These symbols are found on early Masonic decoration, sometimes accompanied by the phrase “By wisdom to peace, by peace to plenty”. It is also associated with the ‘Speculative Masons’ involved with the more esoteric forms of Freemasonry.

The condition is good with just a small chip to the edge of the left spout.

Size: 29.5 x 19.5 x 20.5 cm (11 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 8 inches)
Weight: 1893 g