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Bell- or pear-shaped teapot with round-top, hinged lid topped by acorn knop; cable-banded collar; S-scroll, D- or ear-shaped handle with split scroll and graduated dots attached to conical sockets; and ribbed S-scroll spout with split lip. Narrow band near bottom covers seam joining body to the short, flared iron base with bottom raised at center. Body perforated at spout. Bottom underside stamped incuse with patentee's name and patent date. From a four-piece coffee and tea service; tea and coffee pots are DL*61.0066A-B, sugar bowl is DL*61.0064A, and creamer is DL*61.0064B.
Edward B. Manning of Cromwell, CT, received U.S. Patent No. 35,457, dated June 3 (not June 5), 1862, for his "improvement in tea and coffee pots." Uncertain why June 5 date appears as the patent date on the coffee- and teapot. Manning patented additional improvements to his original design over the next decade. Manufacturer not known.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1862
date patented
patent date
place patented
United States: Connecticut, Cromwell
Physical Description
Britannia (body, cover, handle material)
iron (base material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 8 5/8 in x 4 7/8 in; 21.59 cm x 21.9075 cm x 12.3825 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Pauline Barnes Woodruff
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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