Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 17341818)
Silver; Overall: 6 1/16 x 11 5/8 in., 668.7 grams (15.4 x 29.5 cm, 21.499 troy ounces); Base: 5 11/16 x 3 3/4 in. (14.4 x 9.5 cm)
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933 (33.120.543)
The elegant, restrained design of this teapot, with its bright-cut swags and ornamental bands, is entirely in keeping with the Neoclassical taste that flourished at the end of the eighteenth century. Oval teapots, either plain or fluted, were among the standard items produced in Revere's shop after the Revolutionary War. They were fashioned from sheet silver, produced with the flatting mill that Revere acquired in November of 1785. Each teapot was constructed with an overlapping seam at the handle, which was both soldered and riveted. This technique produced a very strong joint, and it was also simpler for some of the less experienced journeymen and apprentices in his shop to achieve. Teapots of this model paired handsomely with similarly designed creampots and sugar bowls, also represented in the Museum's collection (33.120.546a,b; 33.120.547).