Thursday, April 3, 2008

Our Tiny Teapot








Today I am going to join Kelli in Show and Tell Friday. I have found reading and viewing other show and tell items very interesting.






This is an item that we have had in our home for some time. It is a tiny teapot made from a penny. The story that we have heard about it's beginnings have been passed on to us so I am not absolutely certain of the validity in it.









My husband's grandfather was a Swedish immigrant arriving at Ellis Island. After all of the health inspections, he managed to make his way to Stillwater, Minnesota. He eventually secured a job at the state prison located along the banks of the St. Croix river. Apparently the inmates were quite creative and this is a product of someone's talents. I had always heard that they made license plates but this metal work is really quite spectacular.








As you can see, the lid is removable and the handle swings both ways.










The imprint on the bottom of it tells us that it is constructed from an old penny. The "one" and "cent" are faintly visible.




I hope that you enjoy the pictures of our tiny teapot. I am sure that it would probably not hold enough tea for something larger than an ant but it is a treasure to us.




33 comments:

Muum said...

This is so charming! And I love the history that goes along with it.

Hootin' Anni said...

OMGoodness....this is one awesome show n tell. Absolutely amazing.

Hope you can stop by and pay me a visit sometime soon. I'd love to have you!!!

Flip Flop Floozie said...

I think this is quite a treasure. i would love having something like that. i would of course hang on to it for sure. Thanks for showing us. Sandy

Simply Heart And Home said...

I love miniatures. Imagine what work went into making such a darling little teapot!

Have a lovely day!

ceekay said...

This is adorable. I have never seen anything like it. Thank you so much for sharing it!

cherished*vintage said...

Whoa, that is so cool! Amazing in fact. Thanks for showing.
-Karoline

G'G'ma said...

What a neat story. Isn't it amazing what talented people can do with such limited tools and supplies.

Beemoosie said...

What a fascinating treasure! Thank you for sharing!

Terry@quilt-nut said...

What a lovely keepsake. I have a small (in quantity not size) teapot collection and found this very interesting. This person was quite the artist. Terry

Penless Thoughts said...

What fine work and how interesting. A very special S&T indeed.
Susan

Sondra said...

That is just too cute! What an awesome item to have.

Katherine said...

What an amazing little teapot! Thanks for sharing the story behind it. Very cool.

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog. You're right, I do get excited when I go treasure hunting (I mean thrifting).

Suzy said...

Thank you for showing us your tiny teapot.Being a tea lover,I was quite impressed!
Thanks for visiting my blog and I love getting your comments!

nannykim said...

Wow--that is so unique what a story too!

Martie said...

Amazing. I like your little pot. The lid coming off was cute too. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
~Martie

Kindra said...

What a fun item to have! What a great story! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

I love your tiny tea pot and the history of it! Kathy@Mimi's Garden

Kelli said...

That is such a neat story and what a sweet little treasure, I love it!
~Kelli

JanaBanana said...

WOW~ I love that and the story behind it even more :) Thank you for stopping by my blog..
As for the story of Making Up with Mr. Dog, I havent ever read it yet.. I was afraid to because of how old the book is to ruin it somehow. But maybe I will have to read it nightly to my kids!

mrsjojo said...

How cool and unusual. That certainly took some real talent to do all that in such a little item. Thanks for sharing the history behind it. Glad to see that you visited my S&T this week.

Midlife Mom said...

That is amazing!!!! I can't imagine making something that tiny!! Great Show and Tell!

Carole said...

That's so cute! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Dawn said...

That is an adorable little teapot! I originated in Minnesota, so know about Stillwater and the prison.

Thanks for praying for Ruth. She has been through so many back surgeries, and now this.

I know what you mean about having a special feeling for different pairs of shoes - Ruth literally hugged me breathless the first time I wore the purple shoes, then the silver ones, because they were so special to her.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Good evening, I am new to your place via Sandy's place..You worked in L&d and I worked with the babies in the nursery.I love your cute little teapot..a treasure for sure with great meaning behind it.Thanks for sharing it with us. Baba

MammyT said...

Thank you for sharing this very interesting piece.
Nancy

The Apron Queen said...

What a tiny treasure! How wonderful.

For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen, the home of Vintage Thingies Thursdays.

Susie said...

Love reading the history of this miniature teapot! What a great keepsake!
xo

Charmingdesigns said...

That is just the cutest little tea pot ever!! My kitties would take one whack at it and I would never see it again. Laurie

AJ said...

That is so adorable! What an interesting story as well, thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

that is a really precious teapot.Such patience and skill.
Did you see my post on Ellis Island?

fairyluver said...

I love your little tea pot it so cute!! I look for things like this all the time for fairy houses that I make..they are like doll houses but made mostly from nature and I use doll house items such as your tea pot for the fixings in the house!!

RDavS said...

I can't say whether your teapot came from Stillwater or not, but my family lore says there was an association of coppersmiths who delighted in such miniatures. My great-grandfather was among them. He immigrated from Germany in 1864 and had a coppersmithing business on the north side of Chicago until he was burned out in the great fire of 1871. I don't have any of his penny teapots, but my mother says she saw a couple of them.

Robert said...

We have one too. My father was told it was created by an inmate that was actually on death row.
It is very well made and it also shows one cent on the bottom. The lid removes and the handle does too.
It has been a family treasure for over 100 years.