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Barrel-shaped teapot with wide-rimmed, bell-domed, hinged lid topped by disk-and-ball knop on a flared and molded circular base. Body triple-scored at shoulder and bottom with molded midband at seam. Black-japanned, spurred C-curve handle with short cylindrical sockets. S-curve spout has an elongated D-shaped lip, faceted face and rounded belly. Body perforated at spout. Inside of flat, inset bottom struck with circular touch mark of "A. GRISWOLD" with spreadwing eagle, body facing right and head turned left.
Maker is Ashbil (or Ashbel) Griswold (1784-1853); working, circa 1802-1842. Trained with Thomas Danforth III as a pewterer; opened a shop in Meriden in 1808 and expanded into producing britannia wares at an early date, establishing Meriden as a major manufacturing center of pewter, britannia and plated goods. Was one of the founding partners of the Meriden Britannia Co. in 1852.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1820-1835
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
Britannia (overall material)
pewter (overall material)
overall: 8 1/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 20.6375 cm x 24.13 cm x 12.065 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Alma R. Duckworth
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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