Ovoid teapot with incurved neck and low-domed, hinged lid topped by a cross-and-flared-square finial on four legs ending in lion's paw feet; flat-chased mimosa foliage on body and a curvilinear cross design on lid. Sharply-angled handle, square in section and pinned into thin insulators, has a scroll-ended upper terminal and square-and-scroll lower terminal. Circular lion's masks at top corner of handle, sides of S curve spout and middle of leg mounts and sides of the S curve spout. Convex strainer attached inside body at spout. Underside of flat bottom is struck incuse with a circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "MERIDEN / B. COMPANY" in sans serif letters; "PATENT APPLIED FOR" is stamped above and "1877" and "5" are below. From a six-piece coffee and tea service, 1984.0424.13-.18.

Date Made: 1871Patent Date: 1870-07-19

Maker: Meriden Britannia Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Meriden

Subject: BeveragesCoffee DrinkingTea DrinkingPatented


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Credit Line: Gift of Insilco Corporation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0424.14Accession Number: 1984.0424Catalog Number: 1984.0424.14

Object Name: teapot

Physical Description: silver plate (overall material)horn (insulators material)electroplated (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 9 in x 10 1/4 in x 5 3/8 in; 22.86 cm x 26.035 cm x 13.6525 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b0-f6a4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_322828

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