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Small, Aesthetic-style, raised and spot-hammered, apple-shaped teapot; oxblood finish with applied silver decoration on opposite sides of an owl in a two-branched tree with linear-veined leaves and two moths or butterflies flying near a flowering branch of cherry or fruit blossoms. Low-domed, flared cover with ribbed ebony knop. High-arched, cane-wrapped bail handle is looped around rings attached at shoulders. Tinned interior. Body perforated at spout. Underside of concave bottom is struck with four incuse marks, an anchor in shield, "GORHAM CO." in sans serif letters, and "Y51" above "O" in serif letters.
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Object Name
date made
Gorham Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Physical Description
copper (body, cover material)
silver (decoration material)
ebony (knop material)
cane (handle wrapping material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 5 in x 5 3/8 in; 11.43 cm x 12.7 cm x 13.6525 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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