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Pole Top Discoveries' "Early Autumn" Auction (Closed #305916)

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#812   -    U 990 -   The "Teapot."    -   Gray-tan porcelain.

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#812       U 990       Unmarked.       Gray-tan porcelain.       The "Teapot."

One of the larger size variants.

This unusual design was produced in both glass and porcelain during the Civil War period.  The first porcelain examples known in the hobby were in 1959, from a small find of threadless insulators in the Mobile Bay area. The next notable discovery took place at the 1990 Richmond construction site, where a few U-990 were found among the quantity of glass 701.6.  However, most were later discovered at the Southern Porcelain Manufacturing Company factory site where they were produced in Kaolin, South Carolina.  The vast majority of examples found at the SPMC site were missing their spouts.  Similar colored spouts were also found, and were used to repair the insulators.  

Found at the "1990 Richmond dig site" along with numerous 701.6 eggs and other types of Civil War era insulators.

This is one of very few porcelain teapots which is complete with the original spout!  Skirt chip as seen in the second photo.  Sand, ash and other debris is adhered to the glazed surface, the result of intense heat created by the April, 1865 fire which destroyed the building this and other insulators were stored.  

An amazing Civil War relic! 

Dick Bowman collection.