Creamer, 1774

Creamer, 1774

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The East India Company was the wealthiest private corporation of the day. Parliament gave its stockholders a bailout by giving the company a monopoly on the colonial tea trade in 1773. They also kept a tax on the tea. Patriots in nearly every colony blocked sale of the tea, either reshipping it back to England or forcibly storing it in locked warehouses. Boston was the first city to destroy East India Company tea, in December 1773. This silver creamer reminded tea drinkers not to indulge.
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Object Name
jug, cream
pot, milk
date made
ca 1774
Dupuy, Daniel
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
overall: 11.5 cm x 11 cm x 6.5 cm; 4 17/32 in x 4 11/32 in x 2 9/16 in
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accession number
catalog number
Tea Drinking
Native Americans
American colonies
Liberty Cap
Revolutionary War
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
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National Museum of American History
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