Featured Object

In each issue, the bimonthly DAR magazine, American Spirit, highlights an object from the DAR Museum collection in its "National Treasures" feature. These objects, often recent accessions or important pieces in the current exhibit, always have a story to tell about American history.

National Treasures

A Teapot to Revere

This silver teapot made around 1795–1800 reflects the restrained elegance of early neoclassicism. The deceptively simple construction features bright-cut engraving of the acorn and oak leaf bands and a pinecone finial.

The cypher “AMcK” identifies the owner, Agnes McKean (born in 1770), the daughter of William McKean, a wealthy Boston merchant. Perhaps her father purchased the teapot for her as a wedding gift when she married Henry Swift in May 1800.

The mark “REVERE” confirms the identification of the maker, America’s most famous silversmith—Paul Revere (1734–1818). Remembered best as a Revolutionary War Patriot, Revere was also a talented and prolific silversmith and engraver. An astute businessman, he owned a foundry and successful copper mills.

Volume 143, Number 6, November/December 2009, Page 17
Photo by Mark Gulezian/Quicksilver

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