This heavy, primitive hammered copper water or tea kettle is close to 200 years old - produced in the first half of the 1800s, probably in Northern Europe - Sweden, Norway, Finland or Denmark. The style of lid finial and the way the handle is attached are indicative of Scandinavian origin. It's very heavy, solid copper with a bronze handle, and completely hand made. It has numerous dents and dings, but the only glaring dent is to the base of the gooseneck spout. The spout has been repaired where it joins to the body - more than once, from the looks of it. The bottom is somewhat rounded and the kettle won't sit perfectly flat, but it was made to hang over a fire and a perfectly flat bottom wasn't a priority back then.
The whitish area around the base of the spout is just silver solder - for some reason the camera flash really enhanced it but it's nowhere near as prominent as it looks. The inside is unlined and not suitable for use, but the original strainer piece is still inside the base of the spout, indicating that it was made and used as a real water kettle, not a decorative piece. The kettle is just over 8" wide from the spout to the opposite side, and about that high with the handle in the raised position.
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