Patent 1861 Tin Teapot Steam Whistle


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Fantastic hand made tin teapot steam whistle. Marked twice, “PATENT JULY 1861.” There is a name above, but it is too faint to make out. An amazing little contraption. The tube was inserted into the teapot spout. When the water boiled, steam would start the bladed wheel spinning, and air would be forced out through the slit below the blow hole, causing a whistle. The hole in the bottom would have been corked, and was used to remove excess water that pooled in the drum. Excellent untouched old surface patina. An ingenious device made over a century and a half ago.


Date: 1860’s.


Size: 3 3/4″ tall. 4″ long.


Condition: Overall excellent with age appropriate wear.


Price: $121


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