Samuel Casey, born in Newport, Rhode Island, was the finest silversmith of his day working outside a major urban center--a distinction undoubtedly due to his apprenticeship with Jacob Hurd of Boston. The quality of his engraving was exceptional, and probably allowed him his brief success as a counterfeiter. Sentenced to death for this activity, he escaped from jail in 1770, eventually obtaining a pardon in 1779. Other examples of his fine engraving are cyphers on a pair of sauceboats at Yale, based on Sympson's Book of Cyphers of 1726. This teapot is one of Casey's largest and most elaborate pieces of holloware.