Very good condition with only a few minute dents and the usual calcium deposits in the bottom.
Provenance: Property of a private collector.
Catalogue Note: George Reed was a copper and tinsmith as well as a merchant in Winchester, Virginia for nearly 30 years. An Irish immigrant, Reed became an important member of the community, serving as mayor, magistrate, and High Sheriff of Frederick County during his lifetime. He was also an ordained Methodist minister and is recognized as an early practitioner and advocate of Methodism. Built circa 1798, his home and shop on the corner of Braddock and Piccadilly Streets still stand today in the heart of old Winchester.
Literature: See Horvath/Poston – Early American Copper Tea Kettles, pp. 167-168 for information on George Reed.