Teapot

Teapot

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Circular, bowl-shaped teapot with wide-rimmed, bell-domed, hinged lid topped by a small button knop. Deeply incurved neck with stepped ogee-domed shoulder; smaller incurved pedestal base with with stepped ogee-domed circular foot. Black-japanned, spurred S- and C-curve handle is pinned into cylindrical sockets. S-curve spout has triangular lip, faceted face, and creased belly. Body perforated at spout. Underside of flat bottom struck with an incuse roman "X", "BOARDMAN / & HART" above "N YORK", both in raised roman letters in rectangles, and an incuse "N\o. 5".
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 pewter marked "N\o. 4", see 1981.0081.01.)
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
teapot
date made
1828-1853
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
Britannia (overall material)
pewter (overall material)
enamel (handle finish material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/4 in x 10 in x 5 7/8 in; 18.415 cm x 25.4 cm x 14.9225 cm
ID Number
DL.300859.0030
catalog number
300859.0030
accession number
300859
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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