Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | November 16, 2013

Artifact of the Week. Bonus. Colonel John Crysler’s teapot.

cryslerThis Britannia ware teapot belonged to John Crylser.  It was made around 1844 by James Dixon & Sons Ltd. of Sheffield England.

The teapot was donated to the museum almost by accident by one of Crysler’s descendents, Mrs. D. Wilkinson, of Sauble Beach.  Mrs. Wilkinson tried one summer several years ago to get Upper Canada Village interested in the pot, but they simply ignored her approaches.  In frustration Mrs. Wilkinson contacted the Cornwall Community Museum.  As it so happened I was going to Sauble Beach within two weeks of her call, to spend some time at my wife’s family cottage and arranged to meet Mrs. Wilkinson who donated the pot along with other family memorabilia.  I was so pleased with the acquisition I asked the newspaper to do a story, which they did.   A week later, an official from Upper Canada Village called me almost demanding that the SD & G Historical Society give it to them.  We didn’t and it now forms an important part of our War of 1812 display and is highlighed in our booklet CORNWALL and the War of 1812, available at the museum for $15.

crysler0001A letter from James Dixon & Sons regarding the teapot.

crysler0003John Crysler came to the Province of Quebec (soon to be Upper Canada), at age 16 as a drummer boy in Butler’s Rangers in 1784.  He was one of the Loyalist’s first entrepreneurs and operated a store and lumber mill.  He was elected to Upper Canada’s 5th Legislative Assembly in 1808 and represented Dundas until 1824.

The Battle of Crsyler’s Farm was fought near his property.  He served as Captain of the 1st Dundas Regiment of Militia during the engagement,  After the war he rose to become a Colonel and founded the town of Cryslercrysler0002A photograph by veteran “Standard-Freeholder” photographer Marcel Quenneville showing three women standing near the Crylser dam.

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Card signed by John’s son, John Pliny Crsyler, MPP, for Dundas, 1848 – 51; 1854 – 57.

This teapot along with a number of other historic pots will be on display as part of Cornwall Community Museum’s Edwardian Christmas Tea and concert by Cornwall’s own Clarpian Duo, Saturday, December 7th, 2013, from 1 to 3 pm.

Space is limited and people are welcome on a first come first basis.  Groups of four or more are asked to book by phoning 613 936-0280 or emailing sdhhis1@bellnet.ca.  We suggest a donation of $2 per person.

All photos ©Cornwall Community Museum

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