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Teapot

1918.1655 (RS1290)

Description

Small round, ball-shaped teapot with domed, hinged lid with ornament on top; globular makeshift wooden handle, straight spout.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This gnarly old teapot, surely the humblest object in the exhibition, probably would not have been saved at all had it not belonged to Crispus Attucks, a slave who was the first victim of the so-called Boston Massacre of 1770. That it survived is testimony to the early recognition of its value as an emblem of martyrdom in the cause of freedom. In Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1850s, relics like this were placed on display to rally support for the Abolitionist Movement.
Maker
unknown
Date
1750-1770
Material
pewter (tin alloy)
tin (metal)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels
Places
Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
pewter (tin alloy)
Teapot
teapots
tin (metal)
Vessel, Drink Serving
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
5 x 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1918.1655
Credit Line
Gift of Miss S.E. Kimball through the Bostonian Society
GUSN
24949
Related Items
Title Cup Accession number 1993.698 Relationship Crispus Attucks former owner.

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