The Theosophist Society was established in 1848 in Delhi by Dr. A.K. Bhardwaj, reknown for his well published articles and writings on ancient cultures and antiquities. The Theosophist society was formed under the auspices of studying unusual East Asian artifacts though it is widely believed that their focus from the beginning was primarily on the fabled brass teapot. Between 1848 and 1857, Dr. A.K. Bhardwaj had in his position the ancient teapot which it is believed was smuggled out of Iran in the late 18th century. Etchings in Dr. A.K. Bhardwaj's journals reveal a teapot with carvings at the base and rim which resemble those written about in the dead sea scrolls. During this time, world renown alchemists traveled to the Theosophist society and many have written in detail about their findings.
The sepoys of India, an armed group of soldiers with spiritual ties to the secret sects of the Hindi, are rumored to have helped in the building of the theosophist society and it is said that they first brought the teapot to Dr. A.K. Bhardwaj from the former republic of Azerbaijan. Though it is impossible to verify, notes taken from his personal journal have led many to believe that he did in fact embark on tremendous study and research of an object with descriptions fitting that of the famed teapot.
Indian Mutiny erupted in May 1857, when, for unknown reasons the sepoys turned against the British in Meerut and then massacred hundreds of British troops in Delhi. Uprisings rose throughout British India. It was estimated that less than 8,000 of nearly 140,000 sepoys remained loyal to the British. The conflicts of 1857 and 1858 were brutal and bloody, and lurid reports of massacres and atrocities circulated in newspapers and illustrated magazines in Britain. It is speculated that during this time the teapot was lost, or stolen.
The British dispatched more troops to India and eventually succeeded in putting down the mutiny, resorting to merciless tactics to restore order. The large city of Delhi was left in ruins. And many sepoys who had surrendered were executed by British troops. Dr. A.K. Bhardwaj escaped to Southern China where he re-established his studies and continued to search for the teapot until the end of his life in 1893.
Today The theosophist society remains in the remote Yunnan Province. Under the tutelage of Dr. Wu Nei Jing, who holds doctorates both Chemistry and Antiquities at the Beijing University and is a descendant of famed Doctor Huang Di Nei Jing.