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

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Inscription

"O=B to A=B" in shaded roman capitals engraved beneath crest on body to right of handle. Engraved on center of body to left of handle with Brown family arms, a chevron between three lion's gambs erect and erased within a bordure, on a chief an eagle displayed. To the right of handle is the Brown family crest, an eagle or girffen head on a torse.

Marks

"BENJAMIN BURT" in a shaped cartouche stamped on bottom of vessel above center point.

Provenance

Funds provided by Providence merchant Obadiah Brown (1712 – 1762), as indicated by the inscription to his daughter Anna Brown (1744 – 1762), although correspondence indicates that her husband, Moses Brown (1738 – 1836), ordered the silver. By descent to his granddaughter Avis Harris (d. 1892). Subsequent history unknown until acquired in the twentieth century by Mark Bortman (1896 – 1967); by descent to his daughter Jane Bortman Larus, the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Jane Bortman Larus in honor of Mrs. Llora Bortman

1763

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

14.4 x 23 x 12.2 cm (5 11/16 x 9 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1985.16

Medium or Technique

Silver with replaced, ebonized wooden handle

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware