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Teapot

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The teapot has a raised, inverted pear-shape body, with a center point on the bottom. The body is soldered to a stepped, splayed, cast foot with an applied foot rim. The round inset lid has a pineapple finial and a three-part hinge set flush to the shoulder. The S-scroll spout has applied...

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Inscription

Beneath crest on body to right of handle is engraved "O=B to S=B" in shaded roman letters. Engraved with Bown family arms, an eagle volant in a bordure, the whole within an assymetrical cartouch and surrounded by foliate decoration, in center of side to left of handle. To the right of handle is the crest of a double-headed eagle displayed above a torse.

Marks

"BENJAMIN / BURT" within a shaped cartouche stamped on base above center point.

Provenance

Purchased with funds provided by Obadiah Brown (d. 1762) for his daughter Sarah (1742-1800), on the occasion of her marriage in 1762 to Jabez Bowen (1739-1815). Subsequent history unknown until the twentieth century, when purchased by silver collector Mark Bortman (1896-1967), and made a gift by his daughter, Jane Bortman Larus in 1983.

Credit Line

Gift of Jane Bortman Larus in memory of Mark Bortman

1762

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 15 x 22.5 cm, 0.56 kg (5 7/8 x 8 7/8 in., 1.23 lb.)

Accession Number

1983.210

Medium or Technique

Silver; replaced wooden handle

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware