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As with the teapot Revere made for the Foster family, this vessel was raised and then turned upside down so that the original base could be cut out and remade as a close-fitting lid. A flat three-part hinge and applied ring seated within the rim of the teapot ensure that the lid is flush with...

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Under teapot is the scratch weight of "17: oz " in a contemporaneous hand and a later notation of "16 = 15."


Touchmark of "P [pellet] Revere" in italics and within a rectangle is found underneath the teapot, above the center point.


The teapot was made for shopkeeper and mariner John Pulling [Pullen] (about 1700 – about 1770) of Boston and his first wife, Martha Mountjoy (d. before 1753), m. 1730. The vessel passed to Edward Pulling (1755 – 1796) of Salem, son of John Pulling’s second wife, Jerusha Bradbury (b. 1711), m. 1753. Edward Pulling m. Lois Robinson in 1796. The teapot descended to their daughter Mary Robinson Pulling (1797 – 1882) of Salem and Daniel Oliver (1787 – 1842) of Marblehead, m. 1817; to their son Andrew Oliver (1824 – 1897) and Adelaide Imlay (1829 – 1898) of New York City; to their daughter Mary Pulling Imlay Oliver (b. 1860), d. unm.; to her niece Katharine Alice Crane (1890 – 1980) of New York City, the donor and wife of George Peabody Montgomery (1885 – 1972), m. 1918.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George P. Montgomery

about 1730

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


14.8 x 24 cm (5 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware