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, as well as choice collectibles for the clever collector.
COLLECTION: A time machine on a shelf or a museum in the kitchen. Reach out and touch the memory of sweet childhood laughter.