A hard-to-find blue American Historical Staffordshire Teapot with a view of the Boston State House by John Rogers & Son, c. 1830. The transfer on the teapot shows the State House on Beacon Hill with cows in the foreground (you have to wonder when the last time there were 3 head of cattle on the Boston Common!). The teapot has a tidy floral border. It is impressed Rogers (tiny, faint impression), and the only other mark is a printed `7'. The teapot is 5 ½" tall and about 8 ¾" from handle to spout. Both the handle and the spout have transfer decoration.
The teapot has very good medium blue color and a nice crisp transfer (not always the case with this pattern). The teapot displays as if perfect, and is very clean, but it has had some very well done professional restoration (by probably the best restorer in New England): the finial has been re-attached, some nibbles around the tip of the spout have been corrected, and an invisible repair has been made to a hairline crack around one side of the teapot (toward the bottom on the right side). The work is virtually undetectable, and the teapot could pass as `fresh out of the barrel.'
The Boston State House pattern was made by several different Staffordshire Potters. Rogers made a complete dinner service, and the hollowware is hard to find. Jeffrey Snyder pictures the pattern in his book Historical Staffordshire: American Patriots and Views (p. 81), and it is item #442 in Historical Staffordshire: An Illustrated Check List by David and Linda Arman (p. 161).
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