Antique Agateware or Graniteware Mottled Gray Teapot Gooseneck Spout Hinged Domed Lid with Wooden Finial
Description: A beautiful and great looking antique agateware or graniteware teapot. This elegantly shaped primitive pot has a round flat base with inwards rising sides having a shaped ridge above the base and ending is a rolled rim. The pot has a domed hinged lid with a knob shaped wood finial. The pot has a nice gray colored enamel with darker mottling throughout the exterior and interior. The pot has n applied handle and a gooseneck spout equipped with a strainer. The lid's hinge is at the top of the handle. This beautiful American agateware pot has a beautiful design, color, and shape. The bottom of the pot is also enameled in the same coloring as the entire exterior of the pot. However, the lid appears to have lost its enameling and shows signs of oxidation. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely late 1800 to early 1900's.
Origin: Was acquired at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The teapot measure ~4 3/8" diameter at the base, it is ~7 1/2" high to the top of the finial, and is ~8" at its widest including the spout and handle. The piece weighs a bit over 11 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice piece of Americana that would display nicely in any collection.
Condition: The pot is in very good condition and looks good to display. It does have several spots were the enameling is lost especially on the edge of the base. The lid appears to have lost its enameling and shows signs of oxidation. The finial is a bit loose and wiggles but is still firmly in place and will not fall off. The inside also has some enamel losses and signs of rust along the bottom. The hinge is intact and the entire hinge arrangement is rather interesting where it is attached to the handle with an insert and to the lid with a pin holding the lid to an extension of the hinge that is inserted into the side of the lid through a slit. This arrangement is probably not original to the piece but is old and works well. All of these issues can be seen in the photos, are really nothing to worry about, and the piece is great and would display nicely in your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information.