This is a very unusual item. We have never encountered a similar piece. It is a small iron coffee pot with a lid and a bail handle. On the front of the pot under the spout there is a brass escutcheon that is engraved “Mary W. Milligan 1887”. The piece is well made and has handled the test of time in good condition. It stands 4 ¾ inches tall, measured to the top of the lid. The circular base is 2 5/8 inches in diameter. The ironwork has a smooth layer of gray oxidation. The brass escutcheon, bail handle, and lid handle all have typical brass tarnish. There is an early solder repair on the seam where the handle is attached. Judging by the oxidation on the repair, this was done quite a while ago. The construction evidence suggests that this pot is probably a one-off made by someone with a specific purpose in mind.
This coffee pot would be a fun addition to a collection of miniature items associated with doll collections. It would also be a nice display piece for a collection of kitchen wares. One cannot help but wonder about the brass piece that is signed and dated. Why is it there and what does it represent?