10 oz silver soldered individual serving teapot by Reed & Barton for the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company. Though bearing a surface patina of a multitude of tiny marks, speaking to a long life of dining car service, this little teapot is in good condition and still displays nice silver luster. Marked on bottom, "Reed & Barton Silver Soldered 14 (number obscured) 0 C 10 OZ B & O" and the number "4" is also stamped to one side; the inside of the lid is also stamped "4". Reed & Barton began adding a date mark device to their holloware items in 1928 and this piece doesn't have one so appears to have been made before 1928. With lid closed the teapot measures 5 1/2 inches tall to top of finial and it is 6 1/2 inches across the top, spout to handle.
Chartered in 1827 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad can lay claim to serving the first meal on a train (1853). B & O lines and equipment were used in service to the Union during the Civil Was and also served the country well during World Wars I and II. Most Americans recognize the B & O Railroad name because it is one of the four railroad properties on the Monopoly game board.
Uncommon antiques for the investor and choice collectibles for the clever collector.
COLLECTION: A time machine on a shelf; a museum in the kitchen. Reach out to touch the memory of sweet childhood laughter.