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1700s dutch teapot maybe?

Hi All,
I do know much about silver itself but admittedly I do not really knowing much of anything about silver teapots. I was hoping someone here might have some insight? That said, I was intrigued by this teapot found at auction in Culpeper VA. Their description: “STERLING SILVER TEA POT HEAVILY EMBOSSED STERLING SILVER TEAPOT W/WOOD HANDLE, 254 GRAMS” I figured a melt value of about $200. I won the auction at $260. thinking the $60 premium over melt value was worth it to satiate my curiosity. I may have gotten more than I bargained for.

Here is their picture-

I am not sure exactly what I have here. I thought it might even be a forgery but everyone who has eyed it (some of them a little knowledgeable) seem to think it is extremely old. I performed several hours of research and below are my notes of what I have been able to come up with-

This Teapot is Dutch and was made in Haarlem Netherlands somewhere between 1700- 1740. I cannot determine all the hallmarks but one is the mark of Haarlem.
Several of the hallmarks have been identified.

Roman Sword erect between four saltires and fleur-de-lys and beneath a crown ellipse = Haarlem, Holland Netherlands 1700s
Axe- used from 1853- to 1927 as a Dutch tax mark used on older silver items bearing old silver marks that had come back into circulation.
Lion Rampant in plain shield, crowned- is state control mark for silver purity or standard 0f .934
Letters- there are 2 an I and an R are supposed to be date mark but we have not identified these exact letters yet
Makers Mark- can’t make it out or find a match but I think we have narrowed it to several possible silversmiths of the time in Haarlem.

  1. Andries Roda in the 1710-1730s is the most likely based on designs found on several items found at a auction
  2. Pieter De Both, also in the 1720- 1730 is the second most likely also based on auction

Here are links (If they are still working) to other similar Pieter De Both pieces
1723 Pieter De Both … ID=3967885
1773 Pieter De Both- … ID=4399532

Here are links (If they are still working) to other similar Andries Roda pieces
1721 Andries Roda- click the pic for a large view

Here is a link that tells us about the marks- … &q&f=false

Here is another really good Dutch hallmarks link with similar examples-

This link is Danish and seems to be a serious authority on such items but I think it needs to be translated to get around such as with Google translate-

I do not know if any of the pics worked out in this post but I will go back and read the pic posting instructions and try to re-post. Any input, for better or worse, will be much appreciated. Thank you!