Antique Tea Pot Reed & Barton Silver-Plate 19th Century

A wonderful antique silver-plate tea pot from the Reed and Barton Company. This piece was put into production in 1875 made in Reed & Barton's Taunton factory. It was sold through their retail accounts into the early 1890's. It is silverplated hard white metal and the #6 on the bottom stands for a teapot, the other number on the bottom -2840- was simply the catalog number. T was never a tray with this as the practice in this era was to simply set the piece on a table or sideboard when entertaining. Original retail of this set (which included coffee pot #7, teapot #6, hot water #5, sugar, cream, & waste bowl) was in the $55-$65 range - remember the value of money back then so this was a very expensive luxury item when new - the average American working man was lucky to earn $400-$500 per year in the last quarter of the 19th century. This piece has a hinged cover and is 6 3/4" tall and 10" from handle through spout and weighs approximately 2 pounds. It has beautiful engravings around the teapot and a lovely handle. Some wear but overall great shape. This is a must have for the collector.