Teapot

Description
Squat, pear-shaped teapot with a shallow conical, inset, hinged lid topped by a cast leafy ball, and an S-curve spout and hollow, high D- or ear-shaped handle, both decorated with acanthus leaves and graduated beads or pearls. Body has a flat band at seam around belly; eight-lobed upper section and stepped, flat-bottomed lower section. Body is finely perforated at spout. Bottom underside is struck incuse "THE MIDDLETOWN PLATE CO." arched over cross-topped scales and "U.S.A."; incuse number "43" is below.
Maker is Middletown Plate Co. of Middletown, CT. Middletown Plate Co. was founded in 1864 and became a subsidiary of International Silver Co. in 1898; International continued to use the Middletown name and mark until at least 1921.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
teapot
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 6 in; 15.875 cm x 21.59 cm x 15.24 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
ID Number
1977.0918.69
accession number
1977.0918
catalog number
1977.0918.69
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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