Kettle and Stand

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Raised, chased and repousse baluster-shaped kettle on stand with domed and lobed, swing-up, hinged lid topped by a cast acanthus-and-berry finial. Ribbing at neck conforms to lobes on lid; two reserves on body are formed by ogival arches, ruffled C-scrolls and flowers, one is engraved "C.E.O." in shaded gothic or Old English letters. Bail handle has a hollow, bow-shaped, scrolled-acanthus grip pinned into thin ivory insulators and cast S-curve supports. Large shells decorate face and top lip of cast S-curve spout; body perforated with seven large holes at spout. Circular stand rests on four, reverse C-scroll legs with three-lobed shell feet; cast strawberry vines placed between the legs mask the burner frame attached to their inside faces that holds a removable, screw-top, beaded-edge spirit burner; wick inside. Pins on small link chains connected to the stand fit into a hinge and small hole on opposite sides of the kettle base, enabling the kettle to tilt. Convex bottom of kettle struck on underside around centerpunch, "TIFFANY & C\o." and "550 BROADWAY.N-Y" encircling "4836", "G & W" stamped twice, and "5", all in incuse serif letters. Burner incised "XI" and "II" on inside of screw top and "e / x" on underside of container. Stand not marked. From a six-piece coffee and tea service, DL*316497.0001-.0006.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1860
Tiffany & Co.
place made
United States: New York, New York
place used
United States: New York, Staten Island
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
ivory (insulators material)
silver plate (parts of stand, burner material)
cotton (wick material)
overall: 13 1/4 in x 10 in x 7 7/8 in; 33.655 cm x 25.4 cm x 20.0025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Blanche E. King
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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