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iconnumber posted 12-30-2004 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never been able to locate the maker of this hot water pitcher. The mark is G B and is stamped only on the bottom of the water container and not on the stand. Your ideas would be appreciated. I believe it to be English silverplate.

The water container sits on a stand that also holds a burner. We used the burner one time and it got so hot I was afraid the whole thing would melt down so I blew the flame out. The burner appears to me to be a replacement to the original as I think the wick is just too big in diameter to create a small flame. Any ideas of what an original burner would look like and what fluid was used to create the flame.

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2004 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my (admittedly limited) experience, an English kettle on stand would be likely to be more elaborately marked than your example. The burner would have used methylated spirits, aka denatured alcohol, or similar.

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iconnumber posted 01-02-2005 12:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As you point out the flame is too hot for the kettle, which seems to explain the scarcity of US made examples. They melted or set the table on fire. My own guess, which is only a guess, is that this is a piece of commercial silver, used in better restaurants etc. Frequently, such commercial items do not have a maker's mark. Instead GB would be the wholesaler or the establishment in which it was used. Manufacturing would have been put out on bid to whoever bid lowest. Such items were made in large quantities and sold over a long period of time. So, one year's production might have been sold over a decade.

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