brunogm wrote:Forget it... I asked my parents. This is a Russian teapot.First, it is way too big. Second, I do not know how to clean it.
Anybody has a tip for cleaning old silver teapots? I mean the inside, not the outside.
the samovar was the traditional russian method so i wonder if this pot was used for english style tea preparation. as i mentioned, and i am sure this is by far not always the case, nice silver tea pots (the same with the fine thin porcelain pots that you wouldn't want to pour boiling water into) were used to hold poured off tea from a simpler ceramic tea pot (kept in the kitchen) as the silver was taken out to the sitting room on a tea tray for serving. or as mentioned, a filter was used at the time it was poured into cups.
it's easy to clean, just use a lot of baking soda in water and let it sit a few hours, then use a rag and wipe the inside to get the remaining stain off. you shouldn't need more than that.
even if it is big, and you're drinking english style tea, you can always use a pot to steep with and pour off into this nice one and set it out where you drink. in any case - it seems you have a family treasure. enjoy it.