The teapot is raised into a fluted, urn-shaped form having an elliptical base. The vessel is soldered to a short stem with a splayed, round foot secured to a square plinth. The tea kettle has a sharply defined, concave shoulder that rises to an applied collar intended to receive a tall lid. A...
The teapot is raised into a fluted, urn-shaped form having an elliptical base. The vessel is soldered to a short stem with a splayed, round foot secured to a square plinth. The tea kettle has a sharply defined, concave shoulder that rises to an applied collar intended to receive a tall lid. A small, five-part hinge and flange secures the lid, whose shape echoes the concave shoulder and rises to a bell-shaped device, topped with a flame finial. The wider, fluted body of the tea kettle is soldered to a simple foot ring. A pair of projecting, circular knobs are soldered to each side of the vessel for placement on the stand. Its broadly u-shaped, ebonized handle is aligned with the spout. The handle is pinned to sockets with knuckle joints that project upward from the shoulder of the kettle. The stand has a similar square plinth and concave shoulder; a circular gap at its center holds a small spirit lamp with a hinged cap and wooden handle tip. A pair of triangular frames rise upward from the plinth and lead to a shield-shaped device that is designed to receive the kettle. The teakettle has a seamed spout that swells to an elliptical form at the point of contact with the vessel; strainer holes mirror this shape from within. Bright-cut engraving throughout in the colonial revival style consists of swagged decoration, with foliate corners on plinth and top of lids; roulette engraved wrigglework found along edges.
"N.T." in clear roman letters within an ellipse is engraved on the side of the kettle. The script text "November 22, 1929" appears on base of kettle and stand, but not burner.
“GEBELEIN” in shaped rectangle, “STERLING” in sans-serif letters, “Boston” in italics, all struck incuse on base of teakettle and stand. “STERLING” in incuse sans-serif letters struck on spirit lamp.
Given anonymously by the original owner.