Paul Revere Silver Teapot
This outstanding antique silver teapot by American patriot Paul Revere is one of only four known to exist in this, Revere’s original “raised drum” design. One other is part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Provenance: Made for a member of the Cooper family of Boston and descended to the present owner through:
William P.S. Sanger (b. May 26, 1810) of Boston
Elizabeth Sanger, married John Seton Johns (b. December 22, 1835), of Washington DC
William Sanger Johns (b. 25 December 1862) of Georgetown DC thence by descent to the present owner
William PS Sanger was the US Navy's first civil engineer and the father of the modern Civil Engineer Corps. A Bostonian by birth, he moved to Norfolk, VA, where at age 17 he became Resident Engineer at the Gosport stone dry dock, the Navy's first dry dock in the US, completed in 1833. Sanger served as an engineer for the US Navy for nearly 55 years, and contributed to the founding of the Civil Engineeer Corps though an Act of Congress in 1867.