This coin silver teapot is probably circa 1785 Federal Period. Made and hallmarked by Joseph Richardson Jr., of Philadelphia, PA. It is in very good antique condition showing wear consistent with it's age. It measures approximately 7 inches tall to top of the urn shaped finial and about 11 1/2 inches in length across the spout and handle. The teapot is ornately hand engraved with the initials that are a little hard to read, maybe “EM” on one of it's 8 panels. The foot of the teapot has a reed motif as does the rim opening at the hinged lid. There is a silver roset on the top of the tip of the spout that is divided into 8 sections. Else wise, the teapot is a fairly plain pot with 8 panels. Joseph Richardson Jr. hallmark punches “J R” with a dot between the letters are on the bottom of the teapot. The handle is a dark colored wood, possibly ebony or a possibly some other dark stained hardwood. There may be an old repair on the wooden handle.
Joseph Richardson Jr. was the 2nd United States Mint Assayer from 1795-1831, appointed by President George Washington on December 12, 1795. Richardson served in that position for 35 years and died in office on March 11, 1831. Original Richardson silversmithing account books do show that Richardson made a teapot and a waste bowl for George Washington in 1796 at a cost of $44.55.
Joseph Richardson Jr. (1752 - 1831), was born in Philadelphia on December 4th, 1752. Richardson was a Philadelphia silversmith and the son of silversmith Joseph Richardson Sr. Richardson Sr. was the engraver of medals for the Quaker Society. The younger Richardson, designed and engraved the oval shaped Indian Peace medals used during George Washington’s Presidency, especially those used for the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. Richardson worked in both gold and silver and was in partnership with his brother, Nathaniel Richardson, from 1785 to 1791 in the firm of Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson. Later, he was in partnership with James Howell under the name of Richardson & Co. Richardson was a well known Philadelphia Quaker.
18th Century Coin Silver Tea Pot by Joseph Richardson of Philadelphia