1790 - 1855


Date: ca. 1821

A record from 1821 binds a young boy to Peter Effinger to learn the art trade and mystery “of a tinner”. The date of this indenture holds the key to the identity of “P.EFFINGER” because more than one individual of this name resided in Shenandoah Country in the 1800s. George Peter Effinger was born in Woodstock shortly after his family moved there from Pennsylvania. His brother Michael and nephew William were tinsmiths, as well. The swing handle of this teakettle is unique. It is made of sheet iron and neatly covered in copper to better resemble the teakettle’s body.

Medium: Copper and Iron

Inscriptions: Marked with a Punch: "P.EFFINGER"

Dimensions: H: 9 x W: 7 1/2 in.

Place: Shenandoah County, Virginia

Accession: 2009.0006.1

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Stone & Metals

Tags: Tea , Kettle

Purchased in 2009.