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Definitive stamp features coffee pot

May 12, 2002

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A coffee pot is the main design of a new U.S. 5-cent definitive stamp scheduled for release May 31. The new stamp shows a painted detail of a toleware coffee pot from the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

The inscription on the base of the coffee pot reads "James H. Robbins Philadelphia." Curators at Winterthur believe it was manufactured between 1850 and 1875.

Toleware is painted tinware fashioned into a variety of household objects including teapots, cups, trays and candlesticks. They're decorated with motifs such as fruits and flowers in a variety of colors. Toleware objects were popular during the 19th century and now are considered valuable. They are displayed in homes and museums.

The American toleware stamp portrays artist Lou Nolan's painted detail of a black toleware coffee pot decorated with red flowers, a purple forget-me-not and yellow, green and orange leaves.

This new stamp replaces the Circus Wagon design issued in 1995. Definitive stamps illustrate a wide range of subjects from prominent persons to familiar sites, but do not commemorate special dates or anniversaries.

First-day cover information will be announced soon.

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