An undisclosed collector from the Boston area on Tuesday paid $2,850 for a silver teapot given by the owners of the whaling bark Florence to Capt. Charles Barton in 1855. Capt. Barton had left Warren in September 1852 to hunt whales in the Indian Ocean; he returned home in June 1855.
The pear-shaped teapot was auctioned by a collector in Worcester, Mass., and is solid silver. Weighing in at 30 ounces, it depicts a Chinese opium smoker and ornate patterns of leaves and vines. It was made by Gorham and marked “Providence RI coin,” meaning it was made from melted silver coins.
John Chaney, of the Massasoit Historical Association, is trying to track down the Capt. Barton referred to in the piece. Though there is a Barton house at the corner of Liberty and Union streets, it was owned by Capt. James Barton, the founder of the Warren and Barrington Gazette.
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