Antique American Pewter Teapot by William Savage

Published on 9 April 2024 at 16:22

William Savage worked in Middletown, Connecticut during the years 1837 to 1840, when he made this handsome pewter teapot. He is well-known for his finely made wares of excellent quality pewter. The New-York Historical Society Museum has an identical Savage teapot in their collection. To view it, paste this in your browser: The teapot we were offering appears to be in better condition.

This teapot has a flared pedestal base, gooseneck spout and C-scroll pewter handle that has remnants of the original black paint. The hinged lid is domed with a small finial on top. The pot stands 8 1/2 inches tall to the top of the finial, measures 10 inches across from the spout tip to the handle and weighs 2 1/4 pounds. Savage's touchmark (SAVAGE MIDD CT) is mostly visible on the bottom (shown) as well as the No. 25, both stamped into the metal. (There are other numbers scratched into the bottom by a former owner, probably for identification in case of theft. We wish people would not do this!)

We have not polished this teapot since it has a dark patina that many prefer for their pewter. There are two small shallow dents, one on each side of the belly, and the lid is slightly askew. The interior of the teapot is stained and dark and we have not cleaned it. Overall, everything is in good shape, including the hinge, which is often broken or has been repaired. The pot stands straight up and displays nicely.

** Savage is listed on page 153 of the 1957 "Guide to American Pewter" by Carl Jacobs.

This item is sold.

Information by Linda Henrich

Photos by Wayne Henrich


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