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Tilting kettle and stand

Tilting kettle and stand

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Inverted pear-shaped tilting kettle decorated with intertwined rose branches around its shoulder and a cast rose finial on its swing-up, trumpet-shaped, circular lid; engraved "M\L/K" on one side above the circular, low-domed, ruffle-edged foot. Floral-decorated S-curve spout and hollow bail handle with bow grip and S-curve ends pinned into ivory insulators; body perforated at spout. Pairs of button knobs at sides fit onto two cast floral supports mounted to a matching, low-domed, circular stand that holds a removable, cylindrical spirit burner with long ivory-knob handle for diaphragm shutter; wire mesh beneath shutter and vent holes below top edge. Burner replaced; not original. From a six-piece coffee and tea service, 1980.0027.01-.06.
Underside of kettle struck incuse with a stylized "M" trademark, "815" above "4 P'T'S." in roman letters,"STERLING" in sans serif letters with "5.626" scratched below. Inside of lid is scratched near edge "28\10(double underlined)". Underside of interior opening of stand has four equidistant incuse marks, a stylized "M" trademark, "815", and "MARCUS & CO." and "STERLING" in sans serif letters.
Underside of burner struck incuse with Gorham trademark of lion passant facing right, an anchor, and gothic or Old English "G", all in clipped-corner outlined surrounds above "STERLING" in sans serif letters, the roman letter "P" and, at center, "PAT.APPLIED FOR" in sans serif letters.
Maker is Marcus & Co., of New York, NY; 1892-1962 (merged with Black, Starr & Frost; founded 1810-present).
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Object Name
stand, kettle
date kettle and stand made
c. 1900
date burner made
Marcus and Company
Gorham Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
ivory (insulators, burner handle material)
wire mesh (burner top material)
overall: 9 3/8 in x 9 5/8 in x 7 in; 23.8125 cm x 24.4475 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Henry and Mary K. Porter
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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