M19024.4 | Teapot
About 1871, 19th century
Metal: silver-plated britannia metal; synthetic: imitation ivory; Shaped, assembled
18 x 13 cm
Gift of Misses Claire and Margaret McPhee
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Teapot (18)
This teapot, produced by the Meriden Britannia Company, was part of a tea and coffee set given to Elizabeth Labaree Hibbard on the occasion of her marriage to Angus Cameron McPhee in September 1871. The Meriden Company was founded that same year, and used the process of silver electroplating discovered in 1840. The technique consisted of applying thin layers of silver to objects made from non-precious metal alloys (tin, antimony and copper). In 1898 Meriden and several other silversmiths joined together to form the International Silver Company. This set is a fine example of commercial silverware production of the late 19th century. Silverware of the "oenochoe" style was inspired by an ancient Greek pottery whose decorative elements revealed Greco-Roman influence.