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,... read more