Title:Teapot, from a tea serviceArtist:Paul Revere, Date:1792Creation Place:North America, United States, Massachusetts, BostonCredit Line:Gift of James F. and Louise H. BellAccession Number:60.22.1
The most complete Revere service known, this set was made for a Boston merchant and his wife, John and Mehitable Templeman. It includes one of only two tea caddies made by Revere. These locked boxes held loose tea, an expensive and fashionable commodity. The shell-shaped spoon was used for measuring tea and the sieve was used for straining punch, a beverage often served along with tea. The second stand may have been used as a tray for spoons. The accompanying teaspoons have only recently been reunited with this service.