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The raised apple-shaped teapot has a drawn, molded, splayed foot ring. The lower section of the cast twelve-sided scallop-edged spout is affixed over strainer holes; the upper section is in the form of a C scroll; the V-shaped spout has retracted upper lip. The five-part hinge, set flush with...

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Inscription

On base is incised the following numbers: 85863, 84008 , 84043, 85439. The Barrett family arms on a sheild are emblazoned ermine, on a fess, three lions rampant. Crest is a lion couchant ppr. The whole surrounded by a broad scrolled, foliate, and diapered cartouche.

Marks

Stamped "SAMUEL BURT" in script within a shaped cartouche four times around center point. Ada Mark X

Provenance

No history of descent is known. The family suggests possible descent through the Codman and Paine families, but the arms appear to be those of the Barrett family. The Barrett arms as seen here were probably adapted from Blyth, as recorded in the Promptuarium Armorum of 1610. The arms are documented in this country on the tombstone of Col. James Barrett of Concord, who died in 1779.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Somers H. Sturgis

about 1745–54

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

12.7 x 22.8 cm (5 x 9 in.)

Accession Number

1982.651

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware