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Tea Kettle on Stand

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Chromed metal (possibly brass), wood
DATES ca. 1935
DIMENSIONS 12 x 9 x 7 1/2 in. (30.5 x 22.9 x 19.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on bottom of kettle (a): "Manning Quality [double struck] / Bowman / MERIDEN, CONN [double struck]"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, gift of Emma Engdahl Swanson and Designated Purchase Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Teakettle on stand with component parts, chromed metal (possibly brass) and wood. (a) Teakettle: Simple, stepped base above which raises flaring sides of teakettle in truncated, inverted cone shape. At the shoulder is a horizontal band with four incised lines. Above this the shoulders slope inward in shallow ogee curve. At the front of the pot is an angled, tapering spout basically triangular in section but articulated on top with a central ridge. Sloping, curved handle is black-enameled wood, canted rectangular in section and tapers, front to rear. Front juncture to body is with S-curved chromed socket, pointed pad near base, rectangle at handle. (b) Lid: Domed, chromed lid with narrow band at edge; rolled lip. Finial of black-enameled, turned wood is disc-shaped with slight dome above and attached with screw. (c) Stand: Circular chromed base has sloping band at bottom with five incised lines. Above this is a horizontal band on platform, then a concave area before the platform slopes upward and tapers. Above this, the platform steps inward to fuel well hole. Attached to the step by two rivets each are three flat vertical bars, each pierced with three pairs of long rectangles. At the top of the bars is a ring to hold kettle. (d) Fuel well: Cylindrical jar that steps out to a larger diameter near top to fit into hole in base platform. Top of well is slightly domed, overhangs body and has a hole in the center to accommodate burner tube. On bottom inside well below this hole is a threaded socket for burner tube. At edge of top on one side is threaded hole for cap. (e) Burner tube: Cylindrical metal tube, threaded on interior of bottom and with two rows of ten pieced circles each near top. Cotton wick inside tube. (f) Cap for fuel well: Hollow cap threaded in order to screw into hole in fuel well. Top of cap is circular disc with vertical ridges on edge like coin. Rubber gasket fits around center of cap. (g) Burner cover / snuffer: Bell-shaped cover with incised line near bottom. Projecting from one side of cover is long thin handle, circular in section and with a circular loop on end. Condition: good overall. Minor scratches and discoloration, loose finial, slightly dented on bottom.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Manning Bowman and Co. (1857–present). Tea Kettle on Stand, ca. 1935. Chromed metal (possibly brass), wood, 12 x 9 x 7 1/2 in. (30.5 x 22.9 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, gift of Emma Engdahl Swanson and Designated Purchase Fund, 82.114a-g. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.114a-g_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 82.114a-g_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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