This is a solid silver teapot made from fine silver by a small family of silversmiths in Yunnan. It is entirely handmade. Yunnan has a long history mining and working silver in the mountains that make up the foothills of the Himalayas. Brewing tea in silver is a unique experience. Silver heats up very quickly, and also transfer that heat efficiently; it's an excellent thermal conductor. The side handle, carved from cow horn, is quite useful at keeping your fingers from getting burnt.