Teapot

Teapot

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Description
Compressed globular teapot with flared and scored circular collar and base. Inset, wide-rimmed, bell-domed, hinged lid is topped by small conical knop. Spurred, S-curve handle has cylindrical sockets; plain S-curve spout has flat top face and damaged lower lip. Body incised with two pairs of lines near middle and perforated at spout. Underside of slightly inset, flat bottom struck with touch mark of "BOARDMAN / & HART" above "N YORK", all in raised roman letters in rectangles, and "N\o. 4" in incuse roman letters.
Maker is Boardman & Hart, New York, NY, working 1828-1853. The Boardmans were a well-known family of pewtersmiths in Connecticut during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Lucius Hart (1803-1871) apprenticed with Thomas Danforth Boardman (1784-1873) and was his partner in the New York branch of the business. Boardman & Hart manufactured pewter but, over time, produced less of it in favor of Britannia and block tin, which could be silver plated. (For a similar teapot in silver plate, marked "N\o. 5", see DL*300859.30.)
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
teapot
date made
1828-1853
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
pewter (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 7/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 5 7/8 in; 17.4625 cm x 23.8125 cm x 14.9225 cm
ID Number
1981.0081.01
catalog number
1981.0081.01
accession number
1981.0081
Credit Line
Gift of Sally L. Bristol and Nancy G. Cook in memory of Frances Carpenter Cook
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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