A white felspathic (feldspathic) stoneware teapot with sliding lid. Blue enamel line highlights on foot, shoulder, spout, rim, borders and handle. Clear vapour glazed. The interior has a domed strainer. Shallow recessed base with impressed number ‘22’.
The obverse side has an applied sprig (bas-relief) of the American Eagle from the ‘Great Seal’ which was adopted after declaring independence from Britain in 1782. The eagle has a shield on chest, with 13 stars above. He holds arrows in his right talon and a laurel branch in the other. A scroll in his beak reads ‘E Pluribus Unum’ (indecipherable on the sprig but present) which translates as ‘from many, one’, which is taken from the poem ‘Moretum’ attributed to Virgil, about a recipe for cheese, garlic and herbs.
The sprig on the reverse side depicts ‘Peace Destroying the Implements of War’.
The ‘22’ mark has been claimed as evidence of attribution to Sowter & Co, Mexborough, Yorkshire, England, by Diana Edwards in ‘The Castleford Pottery 1790-1821’, (1982). Plate 91 in the same book shows a black basalt version of this teapot but with a different spout. The same basalt teapot is also shown in ‘Black Basalt’ (1994) by Edwards, p.232, fig.363.
I have so far been unable to find an exact match in felspathic stoneware published anywhere.
141.5mm high (to top of lid finial).
Spout lip is missing. Lid has small piece missing on fore-edge, with small double chip on end of ‘daisy chain’ gallery.