So, like, I really never thought to actually look at Pearl’s teapot in “Serious Steven” but there was a gifset on my dash earlier today and I realized that there’s a rose design on the teapot. Like, an abstract-ish design but to me they definitely look like they’re meant to be roses
and now I feel extremely silly for never having noticed it before
In ASiB, after John has stopped dating women and dedicated his life to Sherlock, the two teapots are facing the same way, in sync. In TSoT, when John marries a woman, the tall skinny teapot is facing the same way, but the short squat teapot is facing the other direction. As in: the short squat teapot can “face both ways.” And one way goes with the tall skinny teapot and one way goes against the tall skinny teapot.