Dating to the early days of the 20th century, this brass spirit kettle was made by WMF of Germany, in the Jugendstil or Secessionist design.
WMF stands for Wertembergische Metallwarefabrik, a German tableware company founded in 1853. Always of high quality and still in existence, they were well known for their excellent and iconic designs, from Art Nouveau through the Secessionist, Jugendstil eras, including Art Deco.
This brass spirit kettle dates to approximately 1905, and embodies the classic Jugendstil design, simple, elegant, with hammered brass, clean lines and lovely curvilinear components.
It measures 13 3/8" to top of handle and is roughly 7 1/2" wide to tip of spout.
It is in three sections, the teapot, the stand, and the burner.
Both the kettle and the burner are stamped with the WMF mark (Ostrich) and the numbers 123 on the kettle, and 156 on the burner. The kettle is also stamped Germany.
The interior of the kettle is lined with tin, which appears to be intact, though has some spots that appear to be dirt.
In very good condition, the burner with the wick section still there.
There are two small dents in the lid, and there are some spots on the surface (verdigris on base), but would likely clean up with brass polish.
The first real modernist designs, items like this from WMF are desirable, and fit well with mid century and other modernist designs.
Vintage item, will have signs of wear and usage, and have been described above. Please see all photos for more details.