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The raised teapot has an elliptical base with an applied foot, swelled sides, and concave rim. The domed lid has a three-part hinge; the baluster finial has an elliptical ebonized wooden separator. The scrolled spout, with an extended lower lip, is affixed over strainer holes. Angled cylindrical...

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"MH" entwined monogram engraved on body of vessel, to the right of handle, "HTQ" engraved in similar but later manner of the pourer's side, both within a foliated ellipse. Scratch weight of "17" 4" on base.


"J [pellet] Loring" in a scalloped ellipse on base above center point. Ada Mark * F4759


The initials “MH” together with Loring’s death in 1815 suggest that the teapot was made for Mary Hatch (1800 – 1835) sometime before her marriage in 1818 to Samuel Quincy (1791 – 1850) of Boston. The teapot descended in a matrilineal line, for at her death it was given to her sister-in-law Harriet Tufts (1827 – 1867) of Plymouth, New Hampshire, second wife of the Hon. Josiah Quincy (1793 – 1875), m. 1845, whose initials “HTQ” are also engraved on the teapot; to their daughter Mary Ann Quincy (b. 1854) and Willard F. Kinsman (b. 1849), m. 1876; to their daughter Elizabeth Grace Kinsman (b. 1879) and Charles Edward McGlashan (b. about 1879), m. 1909; to their daughter Elizabeth Quincy McGlashan (1910 – 1992), the donor, wife of John Gardner Fisher (about 1908 – 1973), m. 1938.

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Gift of Elizabeth Quincy Fisher in memory of John Gardner Fisher

about 1810

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


17.6 x 29.2 x 11.5 cm (6 15/16 x 11 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Silver hollowware