Teapot

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1750-1770

GUSN

GUSN-24949

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

teapots
pewter (tin alloy)
wood (plant material)
tin (metal)
Vessel, Drink Serving
Teapot
Teapot

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

Dimensions

5 x 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss S.E. Kimball through the Bostonian Society

Accession Number

1918.1655

Places

Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]

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