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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:34 AM
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Is there a name for this object? (see pic)
I'm selling some of my parent's wedding swag on ebay. I've always loved this little pot, but I don't use it and someone out there may get more use from it. Going online, the few examples I've seen that are similar are referred to as "small teapot," or "small coffeepot." I'm under the impression it might have been used as a warm milk server for coffee or tea. It's 55 years old with a handle that's meant to look like rattan, but seems to be plastic lanyard. I wondered if there was a better way to call it off on Ebay. ("Warm milk server"?) My mother thinks it has a proper name, but she can't remember...


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mcollins Donating Member (506 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:43 AM
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1. Call me a pot, but
I think that is a kettle.

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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:48 AM
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2. I'd call it a teapot. At least it looks like one. n/t
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mcollins Donating Member (506 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:57 AM
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4. What is the difference between the two?
A teapot and a kettle, I mean.


Is it one of those equations like:


All teapots are kettles but not all kettles are teapots?
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:03 PM
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5. A kettle is made to go on the stove and usually has a flat bottom.
A teapot is made to go on your table.

:shrug:

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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:56 AM
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3. I have that very thing. Mine has some design on it. I received it
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 11:57 AM by Raven
decades ago as a wedding present. I recall, it was called an "English teapot."
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:07 PM
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6. Thanks for the replies! I'll just put it up as "small sterling tea pot" and see
what takers I get. I'd keep it, because it's so cute, but I have this weird thing about older silver--don't want to serve anything from it.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:12 PM
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7. it looks 'modern' -- and i think it's a coffee pot.
not the kind you make on the stove -- but make coffee put it in the pot and serve.
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:02 PM
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8. It looks like a simpler, more modern version of this 18th C Tibetan teapot.
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LearnedHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:06 PM
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9. Carafe? eom
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:49 PM
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10. I think it is a hot water pot. You fill it with boiling hot water and bring it in with the filled
teapot and cups and saucers on a tray. Your teapot has tea bags sitting in it steeping. You pour the tea from the teapot into the saucers. Once you are ready for a second cup your pour the water out of that hot water pot into the teapot to dilute and heat up the tea. My grandmother had formal teas everyday at 5:00 pm and always used her hot water pot but I don't recall her calling it anything special. It was shaped exactly like that.
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:59 AM
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15. Thanks--I always assumed it was for warm liquids, as it has a tiny steam hole
on the top of the lid. Yet it doesn't have the right shape for either a coffe or tea pot.

I've seen things sold as warming pots on ebay, but they're made to go over a flame, which this certainly isn't.

Thanks again for identifying it!
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:01 AM
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11. It could be a couple of things
First, tell us about the lid. If you lift it up, is there a screen-lookin' thing there? If so it's a teapot; the screen-lookin' thing is meant for putting loose tea in. You then pour boiling water over the tea in the proper English style.

If not, it is probably a creamer if it's REAL small.
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:40 AM
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13. No, no screen, and as far as I know there never was. nt
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IcyPeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:35 AM
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12. how big is it?
there's nothing in the picture to give it a relative size?

so there is the "rattan" handle and another handle on the top? does that handle pull off the lid?

IMHO it looks more like a coffee pot or warm milk server. Doesn't look like a teapot.

It looks like it's in great condition.
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:53 AM
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14. The pot is 4 1/2 " tall---with the lid included the height is 6". The lid is
Edited on Tue Apr-05-11 02:54 AM by Mist
removable by the small handle on top, and has a tiny steam hole in it. I think it looks like a warm milk server too. It doesn't have the shape of a teapot or a coffee pot.
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IcyPeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 06:22 PM
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19. here's a similar one from "Etsy"
I think we can go with milk jug. This one says it's about 4" tall too.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/44235033/vintage-stainless-...

(I love these scavenger hunts)

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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 10:23 AM
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16. I would call it a
pitcher
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:11 PM
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17. It's Tom Servo's son.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 01:31 PM
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18. "Bob"
;)
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 10:24 PM
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20. It's no fun without a reflection of you naked.
Remember that period of time when ebay was rife with performance art? My fave was people who posted things like this with a reflection of themselves naked in the image. Spoons, toasters, car fenders, you name it. It was pretty funny in the early intertubes days.

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LawnKorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:45 AM
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21. Creamer
For the sophisticated coffee and tea drinkers
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