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iconnumber posted 09-05-2000 10:40 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I obtained a teapot.

It is 6 1/2 inches tall and from the handle to the spout = 9 1/2 inches long. The lid is hinged. The whole teapot is etched and carved in mostly ornate flower designs. The lid has what looks like a crown carved on the top.

On the bottom of the teapot it is marked, PAT'D MAY 10 1898. Below this is a circle which is marked, VANDBERGH SILVER PLATE CO. ROCHESTER N.Y. QUADRUPLE PLATE. Below the circle it is marked, *4 6 8*. Along the edge of the bottom, it is marked by hand *1503*. This 1503 is also etched by hand underneath the lid of the teapot.

Does anyone have any information on this teapot? It is in excellent condition and so very beautiful. I would love to know anything at all about it.

Thank you.

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iconnumber posted 09-05-2000 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Basically, what you have is a nice piece of Victorian silver plate. The Van Bergh Silver Plate Company was established in Rochester in 1892. They were in business independently until 1925-26, when they were absorbed into Oneida Silversmiths.

"Quadruple plate" was a trade term to denote plating of four times the "normal" thickness. Pieces marked Quadruple Plate were usually the highest quality a given manufacturer produced. The base metal for your teapot is probably Britannia, a very hard and durable type of pewter. The 468 is probably the design number, and the 1503 is probably a factory inventory number.

Most pieces of plate like yours show some wear through to the base metal, at least on the foot rim. The base metal will look distinctly darker than the silver plated areas. If you have no wear through, then your piece is in great condition.

The designs on your piece might be engraved or machine stamped. Victorian manufacturers were very good at making machine work look like hand engraving.

Your teapot is certainly not unique, although pieces in excellent condition are rare. Van Bergh was one of several dozen American plating companies which sprang up in the mid to late 1800's. Your piece sounds like a typical product of a typical manufacturer.

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iconnumber posted 09-07-2000 03:02 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Brent,

Thank you so very much for your information. I appreciate knowing the background/history of the tea pot.

I have shined and polished the tea pot and it is displayed in my dining room.

It captures the attention of everyone who passes it.
It is a beautiful piece!


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