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Globular, apple-shaped teapot has stepped, splayed foot soldered to base, faceted spout with slender baluster drop affixed over uniformly cut strainer holes, and modern handle. Sockets are roughly shield-shaped in section, as is the spout; baluster drop appears below upper socket. Complex,...

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On the base appear the initials "B / S M" at center. In addition, effaced engraving reads "Waters / John Rebecca]. Scratch weight is "z/ 17" 7"


Marked "JOHN BURT" in a rounded rectangle four times on base, evenly spaced around center point. MARK MAY BE SPURIOUS; AWAITING LAB REPORT FROM MFA.


Unknown. Effaced engraved names tentatively identified as John and Rebecca Waters, married in ____ on April 26, 1722, although it is not clear whether these individuals were the original owners or rather, whether the silversmith/FAKER utilized an existing piece of silver in his shop bearing these names to devise the set-in base for a new client. Initials "B/ S M" have not been identified. Purchased at Phillips auction house by the donors in 1982___?.

Credit Line

Gift of Simone and Alan Hartman

about 1725–35

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


13.02 x 22.86 cm (5 1/8 x 9 in.)

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Silver hollowware