This is a very rare 1910's era Benedict Indestructo Teapot #1249 silver plate 11 oz. 4 ¼" tall by 7 ½" wide (from end to end) . This teapot would have seen service in a Hotel's diing rooms or for room service and would have been used in conjunction with the hotel's china.
It is also marked "Yoeng's" (Benedict Stamped the pieces with the institution ordering the items) in a sort of Chinese script, and that is where we are having some trouble identifying exactly where this teapot saw service as we can find absolutely NOTHING on a Yoeng's Hotel,Restaurant, etc.. The teapot has the usual usage marks, some scratching, etc., but is in overall good condition given it's age and use..This Silver Plated Teapot was made in the USA by Benedict Manufacturing Co. .on the bottom the mark EPNS stands for Electro Plated Nickel Silver.
Yes, this teapot is silver plated.Yes, It is a tarnished.and used but ohhh so unique
Blu's Clues: The Benedict Manufacturing Company was founded in 1863 by M.F. Benedict and was a leading industry in East Syracuse, New York. It was organized in 1894 as "MS Benedict Mfg. Co." with M. Stewart Benedict as president. The company became incorporated in 1902 and reorganized as "T.N. Benedict Mfg. Co." in 1906.and was in business until just after the war years in 1945 - manufacturing silver plated ware. Ther company building was located at West Manlius St. and Highland Ave. The factory employed 250 workers through the depressions years, sometimes only for two or three days a week. Silver plate holloware was the major production in which the Benedict Mfg. Co., specialized, later including restaurant and hotel wares. During W.W.II, the factories were converted to war work.
Benedict's most famous line, Indestructo, was a complete line of silverware designed specifically for hospitals, restaurants, soda fountains, hotels, clubs, and institutions.
This silver plate teapot was probably manufactured between 1894 and 1920.
If ONLY it could talk....
This is in nice condition. There are typical scratches and such from use but no dings or breaks. The lid hinge works smoothly and the hinge is in perfect condition. This should clean easily with silver paste and present very well.with some cleaning and polishing or just leave it as is for a very nice antique patina.
Made in U.S.A.
APPROXIMATE SIZE: 4.25 TALL /7.5" BOTTOM DIAMETER
CONDITION HAS WEAR ,Tarnish, but no dents, dings or cracks.
Blu's Clues: We found some info on "Yoengs" ! It seems it was a VERY POPULAR Restaurant in MANHATTAN, New York City!
It was a VERY VERY popular eatery of the big name Celebrities, Sports Figures and Movers and Shakers in the 1930's AND was a prized performance spot , hosting MANY of the Big Bands of the day, performing there on a regular basis. Quite "THE" place to be in NY back in the day from what Ive found out! NEAT! J
Just think of who may have handled or been served with this teapot!! Babe Ruth?? Charles Lindbergh??Al Capone?? Who knows??
The very real possibilities are spine tingling when you stop and think about it!! WOW!!
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