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Maker(s):Hammersley, Thomas (attributed)
Culture:American (1727-1781)
Title:teapot
Date Made:1756-1769
Type:Food Service
Materials:silver, wood
Place Made:United States; New York; New York City (attributed)
Measurements:overall: 5 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 14 cm x 23.5 cm x 8.3 cm
Accession Number:  HD 63.015
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Description:
Silver apple-shaped teapot (unmarked) with a flush-mounted cover with a 5-segment hinge and a wooden button finial; band of engraving around the edge of the body's rim; wooden C-shaped handle with two cast silver handle sockets, the upper with an acanthus leaf on top and scrolls on the side; cast S-curved spout with a a ribbed band midway round; and cast one-piece stepped circular foot The pot is engraved with the initials "G / L S" and scratched "Pearson" on the base. Although unmarked, this teapot is attributed to Thomas Hammersley (1727-1781) who was working in NYC from 1756-1769. HD also has a similar marked Hammersley teapot (HD 54.468), which Jenine Skerry questioned in 1992 if it was made by a provincial English maker because of the apple shape (rarely found in NY).

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