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Tea caddy

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This raised copper tea caddy has a ceramic glazelike finish and is ornamented in a highly naturalistic manner, with applied silver leaves, flowers, peppers, and a grasshopper. On the body, applied granules of copper and silver simulate the earth; a mouse appears on the separate lid.

Inscription

"C.J. [or S] B / from F.W.J [or S]" in script engraved on bottom. "21" stamped on both rim and inside lid.

Marks

On base: "Gorham CO / 160 / N" below an anchor hallmark; Above the Gorham anchor is scratched "H / 13" On lid: stamped number "21" inside of the lid.

Provenance

Early history unknown; by 1991 owned by W.M. Schwind Jr. Antiques, Yarmouth. Maine; 1991, purchased from W.M. Schwind Jr., Antiques by the MFA

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Peil, Irma M. Lampert, Henry B. and Klaudia S. Shepard Jr., Gage Bailey Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Francis de Marneffe, Charles S. Nichols, Frank and M. L. Coolidge, Jane E. Coolidge, Angela B. Fischer, Elisha W. Hall II, Ruth F. Hamlen, Faith Moore, Olivia and John Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Patten, Jr., J. E. Robinson III, John and Patricia Rodgers, Irvin and Rebekah Taube, Anne D. Moffett, and Louise and Jonathan L. Fairbanks

1881

Object Place

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 10.5 x 10.5 x 9.4 cm, 0.27 kg (4 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 3 11/16 in., 0.6 lb.) Other (Dia of base): 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1991.636

Medium or Technique

Copper, silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware