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Lincoln & Foss Antique Coin Silver Teapot, Boston, c. 1850

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This stunning teapot is a wonderful example of early Boston silver and a great way to experience those special cups of tea.

The base is a simple molded silver ring. The vasiform body is hand-raised and then hand-engraved and chased. Dramatic acanthus and water leaves rise up from the base. Flowing foliate repoussé and engraving decorate the body. One reserve has never been engraved and the other bears an original engraved script 'JCL' monogram.

The spout is beautifully executed with floral decoration traveling up from the body and an applied leaf above the spout opening.

The hinged, dome cover is beautifully engraved with water leaves and flowers hanging downward. A lovely figure of a swan acts as the finial. The handle with its original ivory insulators is naturalistic cast as a grapevine.

Lincoln & Foss was the partnership of Albert L. Lincoln and Charles M. Foss. Their working dates are from 1848-57. According to an ad in the Boston Directory, they were successors to Lincoln & Reed and listed themselves as 'Importers and Dealers of Rich Watches, Jewelry and Silverware'. They were located at 65 Washington Street, Boston.(1)

This rare teapot is marked underneath 'Lincoln & Foss/ BOSTON/ Pure Silver Coin'. The pot has also seen some travels as there is a French import mark on the neck of the swan. It measures 10 inches across the spout and handle by 7 inches high, weighs 22.60 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition with an old, small and unnoticeable repair to the base of the handle.


  1. The Boston Directory for the Year 1851, George Adams, Boston (pub), Harvard University Libraries accessed online 7/2/2012.