Raised, rectangular, boat-shaped tea caddy with oval ring handle on short flared rectangular base with four ball feet; engraved on front with a wreath of oak leaves and acorns above the inscription "Com. O.H.PERRY / CONQUERED the ENEMY, on LAKE ERIE, / Septem. 10\th/. 1813.", and on back "PRESENTED / by the Citizens of / BOSTON." Double-domed and flared rectangular hinged lid is joined at middle by a die-rolled band of eight-petaled flowers. Die-rolled band of roses at rim above stepped-ogee top portion of the bulbous lower body, which has a lock mounted at front center. Gadrooning at edge of base. Underside of rounded bottom struck "Churchill & / Treadwell" in raised roman letters in a rectangle below centerpoint; "24 3" lightly scratched upside-down below. Few dents in body. No key. Part of tea and coffee service, 1985.0121.01-.07.
Maker is Jesse Churchill (1773-1819) and Daniel Treadwell (1791-1872) of Boston, MA; dates in partnership given as 1805-1813.and 1809-1819.
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