Tea Urn

Maker: Paul Revere Jr. (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1734–1818 Boston, Massachusetts)

Date: 1791

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver, ivory

Dimensions: Overall: 22 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (56.5 x 27 x 26.4 cm); 110 oz. 10 dwt. (3437.2 g)
Body: H. 17 15/16 in. (45.6 cm); 88 oz. 9 dwt. (2750.9 g)
Cover: 7 in. (17.8 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm); 11 oz. 5 dwt. (350.7 g)
Insert: H. 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm); 10 oz. 15 dwt. (335.6 g)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Annette de la Renta, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet, Drue Heinz, and Henry R. Kravis Foundation Inc. Gifts, Friends of the American Wing Fund, Margaret Dewar Stearns Bequest, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony L. Geller and Herbert and Jeanine Coyne Foundation Gifts, Max H. Gluck Foundation Inc. Gift, in honor of Virginia and Leonard Marx, and Rogers, Louis V. Bell and Dodge Funds; and Gift of Elizabeth K. Rodiger, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.226a–d


The urn is recorded in Revere's ledgers, where on April 20, 1791, a debit is charged to Mrs. Hannah Rowe for a silver tea urn weighing 111 ounces. It is the earliest and the largest of the three known tea or coffee urns by Revere.