This teapot is from the I.W. Harper Company that was a famous whiskey / rye distillery that was located in the downtown area Louisville Kentucky. I.W. Harper also distilled the famous Early Times whiskey. The actual I.W. Harper distillery is now gone and the Bernheim / Heaven’s Hill Distillery’s new stills are now located were they once used to be. I.W. Harper was also famous for their Old I.W. Harper Bourbon, Whiskey, and other spirits.
This type of hotel grade silver plate teapots that were marked for Distilleries advertising their Whiskey / Rye, etc., are considered very rare and very hard to find. This is only about the 3rd such silver pitcher / teapot I have ever seen from this distillery advertising a “Cold Tea”. This teapot would have been most likely used at a hotel, restaurant, saloon, or tavern that served Harper Cold Tea for serving cold tea, beverages, etc., at the bar / tavern, lunch counter, or for use with hotel china and glassware type serving items for table settings. This is not a souvenir; rather, this is the heavyweight type Steamship, Hotel, and Railroad silverplate.
The tea pot is very ornate, has a floral ornamental finial top and footed base that look great. It has a highly detailed factory engraved wording on the side that reads “Harper Cold Tea.” The teapot was made by the Taunton Silver Co. in Taunton, Massachusetts, and is the Quadruple Plate (and early form of silver soldered – nickel silver). It has the catalog number of 900 on the bottom. The teapot is in good condition, but does have considerable silver plate wear to the handle, spout, body, and lid. There is some overall minor dings / indentations to the sides, but nothing bad to the exterior.
The inside has some pitting and silver plate wear, etc. The inside also has some pitting underneath the lid and there is some discoloration to the bottom. This piece has its original patina from the quadruple plating aging. The hinged lid also does not have the original hinge pin, but rather, it appears that years ago some placed a small braided nail in the hinge to hold it in place, which it works well.
An excellent addition to your Whiskey, Pre-Prohibition, Distillery, Home Decorating / Home Furnishing, or Creamer / Coffee Pot collection. The digital images do not show the original item that well. The actual item looks much better than what the digital images shows it as. Buyer to prepay item along with $8.99, which includes shipping, packing, and handling in the United States. Multiple orders can qualify for combined shipping to save on shipping cost. Payment must be received within Ten (10) days from the end of the auction. No returns on any items. All sales are final and items are sold “as-is”. I cannot be responsible for emails that are sent but blocked by servers with spam filters. If you cannot contact or do not hear from me, please contact me through eBay. International buyers please note, import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. Please also see the many other hotel silver type items I am offering that may be of interest to you. Thanks!