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Author Topic:   Jos. Heinrichs Teapot & Coffeepot Set
TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2006 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I recently inherited a lot of old silver and silver-clad collectibles.

Of particular interest is a silver-clad copper teapot and coffeepot set including the percolator type coffee pot, teapot with tea strainer, 3-legged stand, alcohol burner with cover, and a heat shield formed to go around the base.

The only markings are on the bottoms of the teapot, coffee pot, and the alcohol burner. The teapot and burner simply say "Jos. Heinrich Paris + New York".

The coffee percolator says the same with the addition of the digit "8" and below that "PAT. APL'D FOR".

All handles are wooden; the spigot on the coffeepot being a wooden handle that turns 1/4 turn to allow flow.

The tea strainer appears to be a thin silver screen formed with what appears to be "silver solder", although that may be a poor term. (I have several feet of 1/8" "silver solder", but believe it must be brazed on).

The glass portion of the percolator has been broken at some time. It's still intact enough to allow complete assembly of the percolator.

I estimate the pots to each hold less than a quart of liquid.

Aside from the shield, very little copper is shown.

I hesitate to shine any of the pieces and degrade the value. As of now, the entire set is badly tarnished.

11 pieces in all, including the glass for the percolator.

After searching the web, I find little of value as far as anything that compares to this, and next to nothing silver-plated manufactured by Jos. Heinrich.

I can only tell at this point that this set most likely C1920. Beyond that, I'm completely in the dark.

Does any of this ring a bell with anyone?

I would provide pictures. But I'm not set up with my ISP at this time to upload pictures to the server. If anyone wants to see pictures, please email me and I'll gladly send you a set.

Thank you all in advance. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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wev
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iconnumber posted 12-30-2006 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You would be well served, if this is the tip of the iceberg, to try using Photobucket or the like for puttingup images.

Joseph Heinrich worked as a copper and silver finisher in the 1880s and opened his own firm in 1897. He was well known for the high quality of his silverplate goods, both in design and construction and his wares were handled by nearly all the high-end retailers of the day.

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2006 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hopefully this will produce results.

Many thanks for your patience.

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2006 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

....and the teapot

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Waylander

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2006 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Waylander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice photos - congratulations.

Waylander

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the complements Waylander. Now we'll see if someone recognizes this piece........

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Venable's Silver in America notes that while Heinrich made and sold a good deal of platewares, very few pieces were marked with his name. As wholesale goods, the vast majority were struck with the metal content and the name of the retailer alone. A search of catalogs put out by Tiffany, Shreve, Crump & Low, or Bailey, Banks & Biddle from the 1910-1925 era (they must be in some library basement somewhere) will probably turn up your set.

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks for your help WEV. I'll follow-up with the library.

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the burner he patented and is used on your set

It was used with a number of other items including chaffing dishes and food warmers.

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the actual burner, placed in the stand. The burner has a cap placed over the wick, and a stem used to raise and lower a shield around the wick to increase or decrease the flame.

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the burner itself, roughly 4" in diameter, with cap removed.

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry -- I couldn't make it out in your first pictures. At any rate, I would think that it makes a good case for your piece pre-dating 1904; an alcohol burner as he patented would be much kinder on the plate than the older oil/wick type and a good deal cleaner to use.

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 12-31-2006 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good info WEV. Thanks! This does have a wick embedded. But using alcohol would indeed be cleaner burning. The condition of the bottoms of both the percolator and the teapot prove that point well. Either that, or this hasn't been used much.
Thanks again WEV.

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TommyLee

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iconnumber posted 01-06-2007 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TommyLee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've researched this through some family history. My grandfather made regular trips to Europe and always brought back "nice" things, this set being one of them. Whether it was purchased in Paris as indicated by the name, or elsewhere in Europe, is unknown. Library queries have only produced items of copper, not silver-clad copper. I may have to engage a local silver/copper antique dealer to try to delve further into its history. Just FYI.

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