It's been a while since I've shared any of my tea jewelry, so today I wanted to show my newest "museum pin," by which I mean not a museum-worthy piece but simply a piece that was, I believe, once sold by a museum gift shop. It's the gold pin at left (2 x 1-3/4 inches), which is said to be inspired by a teapot in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum. The sterling silver pin at right (1-1/2 x 1 inch) is from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and though I got mine for about $10 on eBay, one just like it recently sold there for $39, so I'm glad I found mine early!
I purchased both these pins on eBay, actually, and a card that came with the gold pin says it was made by "Museums by Procreations, Antrim, New Hampshire." The card says this: "WAM Teapot - This replica was inspired by a piece in a silver tea service that is in the permanent collection of the Worcester Art Museum. Crafted by an unknown maker, c. 1810, the oblong body, topped by a scaled and floral border, rests on a splayed foot stamped with a band of roses; cast paw feet are at each corner. The carved wooden handle sockets are in the form of cornucopias and the curved spout ends in an eagle's neck and beak. The original is engraved in script: 'Given by Joseph Henhaw Esq. to Joseph Allen.'" There is a Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., so I'm guessing it's that museum that has the actual teapot. (Wouldn't you love to see that teapot!)
I have a third teapot pin from a museum, which I wrote about here, but I didn't mention at the time that it came from the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, Fla., or at least that's my best guess since it came in a Cummer Museum gift box. I once wrote to the museum to see if they could tell me anything about the pin, but it has apparently been so long since this was sold there that there is no longer a record of it. Do you have any pins, tea-themed or otherwise, you purchased at a museum?