Friend Shirley Ann and I were out and about yesterday.
Visiting some of our favorite haunts in her little town
And this old teapot came home with me
It's white with gold trim
And it was $5.00
And it looked to me to be very very old
Now, I don't really collect teapots!
But I do have a few!
And I use them!
This lovely pot
Also white with gold trim
Made from Old Paris porcelain
Most Old Paris was made from 1850 to 1870
And I date this tea pot to around the Civil War
Perhaps around the time that our Fort got decommissioned!
And it's not just a teapot
But a cream and sugar
And tea cups and saucers (those lovely deep saucers)
And breakfast cups and saucers (again, lovely deep saucers)
And a few plates and an odd big bowl!
I found it here -- in our little town
For a reasonable sum
And ever since I visited Natchez and heard about "Old Paris", I've wanted to own some.
And was so glad to find such a lovely set!
And this little pot
In my beloved blue and white.
It came with a creamer and sugar
and I found it at an Estate Sale in Independence
In a very old house that I longed admired
Admired since childhood, actually!
This pot is a common pattern (and I have a couple of salad plates in this pattern as well, picked up here and there) that dates to the early 19th century.
I couldn't believe my luck that this teapot, creamer and sugar were so reasonably priced and still there!
My three old teapots lined up on the dining room table
Notice the new pot and the blue and white one are similar in shape
While the "later" one -- the Old Paris is a different shape -- more round without the "angles" of the other two.
But what makes this teapot, the new one
Is what I found inside . . .
This note: which reads:
Samuel Eddy married June 1777
Great grandfather Eddy's
It's written on back of an envelope with a 2 cent stamp
(which would indicate that it was, indeed, written in 1949)
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eddy
Now, I do hope Mr. Frank Eddy was better at raising chickens that he was in math for 1777 to 1949 is not 222 years! but rather 172 years!
However, in 2015, it is over 222 years -- in fact, 238 years since
Samuel Eddy married and received this teapot as a wedding gift!
Now, I do know that family history can get confusing
And stories passed down are not always the truth.
I've looked on line to see what I could find as to
typical china shapes during the Revolutionary War
but couldn't really find anything.
Due to the fact that this teapot and the blue and white one which I know dates to the first part of the 19th century are so similar, I am wondering, perhaps, if it was made later
And was a 25th Wedding Anniversary gift and not the wedding china!
I do know one thing -- it is definitely old!
But whether it does, indeed date to the Revolutionary War
or is a bit later,
that note, penned by Mr. Frank will remain with the teapot
as long as I'm it's custodian.
Will I drink tea out of it?
I'm not sure
But it is a treasure of Linderhof!