Original Iraq War Saddam Hussein Silver Plated Tea Kettle With Iraq Coat of Arms
Original Item: Only One Available. This Tea Kettle was obtained legally through Al Finjan Antiques in Baghdad, Iraq. These items were sold legally and do not violate Law No. 55 of 2002 For The Antiquities & Heritage of Iraq. Items such as this were legally obtained from an antiquities dealer with an exporters license in Iraq and are not considered “spoils of war”.
Collectors should not buy pieces without a provenance — a history — and supporting documents. Export and import documents are particularly important in these cases. It’s critical to understand that this piece was legally exported from its country of origin, Iraq, and legally imported here. Included with this item is a copy of an original letter from a licensed antiquities exporter in Iraq with his store’s letterhead as well as a translation of the letter.
The Tea Kettle has a silver plated brass body, and shows beautiful floral motifs on the handle and lid, with a cast metal handle. The kettle retains most of the original plating and all of the artwork is still visible. It does show signs of long service and repairs, particularly around the spout and around the bottom stand, which may have been re-soldered on at some point. The lid also shows signs of having possibly been replaced.
The body of the kettle features a beautiful roll-stamped Iraq Coat of Arms that was used from 1965 to 1991. Roll Stamping is similar to Impression Marking, but involves a flat die and a round part. The flat die is pressed into the round part as it rolls across the periphery. Rolling a die over a part creates less stress since all of the pressure is not being applied to the marking area at the same time.
Unlike most of the silverware acquired from Iraq, this kettle was not made by Christofle, and bears a different marker mark in the center of the bottom, which we do not recognize. It may pre-date the large purchases they made from France, and definitely shows long use.
The kettle stands approximately 10” tall, the base is approximately 3 1/2” wide and the top opening is approximately 2 3/4". It measures about 7 inches from the edge of the handle to the end out of the spout.
The plating does have the expected tarnish and would clean up and look lovely in your Global War on Terror collections.
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was an Iraqi politician who served as the fifth president of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization, the Iraqi Ba'ath Party—which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and Arab socialism—Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup (later referred to as the 17 July Revolution) that brought the party to power in Iraq.
As vice president under the ailing General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, and at a time when many groups were considered capable of overthrowing the government, Saddam created security forces through which he tightly controlled conflicts between the government and the armed forces. In the early 1970s, Saddam nationalised the Iraq Petroleum Company and independent banks, eventually leaving the banking system insolvent due to inflation and bad loans. Through the 1970s, Saddam consolidated his authority over the apparatus of government as oil money helped Iraq's economy grow rapidly. Positions of power in the country were mostly filled with Sunni Arabs, a minority that made up only a fifth of the population.
Saddam formally took power in 1979, although he had already been the de facto head of Iraq for several years. He suppressed several movements, particularly Shi'a and Kurdish movements which sought to overthrow the government or gain independence, respectively, and maintained power during the Iran–Iraq War and the Gulf War. Saddam's rule was a repressive dictatorship notorious for its severe human rights abuses. The total number of Iraqis killed by the security services of Saddam's government in various purges and genocides is conservatively estimated to be 250,000. Saddam's invasions of Iran and Kuwait also resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
In 2003, a coalition led by the United States invaded Iraq to depose Saddam. U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to Al-Qaeda. Saddam's Ba'ath party was disbanded and the country's first democratic elections were held. After his capture on 13 December 2003, the trial of Saddam Hussein took place under the Iraqi Interim Government. On 5 November 2006, Saddam was convicted by an Iraqi court of crimes against humanity related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi'a and sentenced to death by hanging. He was executed on 30 December 2006.
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