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"Mouse Ear" Tea Kettle (from an Erie canal barge)

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This vintage cast iron tea kettle, called a boiling kettle was patented by S. Spoor, and licensed by the A. Ingraham Co. (the same mfg. that made the fly fan that Is listed in my collective display). It was used on an Erie Canal barge stove. The unique slanted lip that follows along side and top serve as a seal to the barge stove. This feature gave it the name of "Mouse Ear Kettle". The kettle was designed for a particular type of stove, where as part of the kettle protruded into the heat box and was sealed by the cast iron mouse ears.
    These stoves were used in the wheel house of the canal barge to keep the operator warm and serve them hot tea during the cold N. Y. winters.
    This "Mouse Eared" tea kettle is shown in the book titled "300 years of kitchen collectables" by Linda Campell Franklin
    The book states that this kettle is a must have for tea kettle collectors.

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