English, mid-19th century. 9" diameter at shoulder, 7" deep, 13" total height with handle. 5 lbs. 10 oz.
This is a fine example of a large teakettle made by the William Soutter & Son Company, whose mark is stamped on the bottom. Soutter & Son was founded in Birmingham, England, during the mid-18th century, primarily as a brass founder. Somewhat later, the company began to make high-quality copperware. The mark on this kettle has a "B" (in fact, two B's) at the bottom, which means that it dates to before 1896, when Soutter & Son moved from Birmingham to Hockley. At that time, the "B" was replaced by an "H". There is another stamp on the handle: "C. PETRIE". This was probably the name of its original owner. Dovetailed seams, re-tinned.