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#990      U-990     "Tea Pot" threadless.      White porcelain.

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#990      U-990      X.      White porcelain.    

Incised "X" marking on top of dome.

White examples of the "Tea Pot" style threadless insulator are much scarcer than the tan units!  Porcelain tea pots are known in differing sizes, this being one of the largest 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 by Dr. Sid Phillips and sons. The next notable discovery took place at the 1990 Richmond construction site, where a few U-990 were found among the quantity of glass CD 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. This is one of very few porcelain teapots which is complete with an intact, original spout!

The insulator remains in exceptional, very near mint condition! 

A great, historical relic from the Civil War era!

Dick Bowman collection.