Hot Water Kettle and Teapots

Maker: Probably Peter Kreider (active 1851–1888)

Retailer: Ziba Ferris and Son (active 1851–66)

Probably Philadelphia, 1851–66


Partial gift of Col. Kenneth P. and Regina I. Brown; 2005.202–.204

The Rococo revival was, in the 1800s, often called the “modern French” style. Industrial silversmith companies in cities like Philadelphia and New York produced it widely. By the 1830s, many silversmiths outside these urban centers, including Delaware, turned their attentions to repairs and retailing wholesale silver from the cities to turn a greater profit. Peter Kreider worked in Philadelphia, and Ziba Ferris and Son were merchants in Wilmington, Delaware.