A very collectable small bachelor size antique teapot with a Rockingham type purple glaze.
This small sized teapot has a Sybil knop or finial on the lid. Please note the folded arms. This helps attribute this to the factory of Davenport of Longport, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire potteries, England. See plate 14 appendix 2 page 352 of A Directory of British Teapots by Michael Berthoud and Richard Maskell.
The base has no makers mark but does have some impressed letters, a 7 that has been over stamped with a number 8 and the letter C.
The teapot has a white body that has been covered with a chocolate brown or purple glaze with an oil on water type iridescence. The potters used iron oxide and manganese oxide to produce the colour.
It is in excellent antique condition. No damage nor restoration. The glaze has not fully covered the base of the lid in some places but this dates from manufacture and is not damage.
It stands approximately 5 1/2 inches high and is approx 6 inches long and 3 1/2 inches diameter. It weighs 350g unpacked.
This is a great item to add to any collection of bachelor or small sized teapots, Davenport pottery or Rockingham glazed ware.