GETTYSBURG COPPER TEA KETTLE, CIRCA 1790’S- 1819

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This is one of only three copper tea kettles known to exist that were made by Christian Wampler of Gettysburg, PA. Wampler was born on July 27, 1777 in York, PA. He was a tinner and coppersmith, as well as the highway superintendent and street commissioner for Gettysburg from 1809-1919. He died at the age of 41 on June 30, 1819 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Christian’s sons, George and Henry, followed him into the trade.

Handle is stamped, “C. WAMPLER” inside of a serrated cartouche. Kettle has a wonderful patina. Inside is a dark green color. Handle on lid is brass which has remains bright. Measures 6” in circumference at the base x approx. 6” high. A few scattered small dents or dings, mainly present on the base of the spout.

Another copper kettle made by Wampler is located in the Winterthur Museum.  [sl]

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