A Führer in a Teapot

JCPenney has stopped selling its "Hitler" tea kettle, but let's face it: Plenty of other models resemble Der Führer and some other unsavory world leaders as well.

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After a blitzkrieg of bad publicity on Reddit and other Web communities, JC Penney removed a teapot from its online store that many believed resembled Adolf Hitler. A billboard that featured the Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle ($40) was also removed, but watch your back, Earl Grey—the controversy could come to a boil again. After all, if you are prone to to recognizing humans in inanimate objects, many other tea kettles currently for sale on Amazon and other retailers resemble Der Führer and some other unsavory world leaders.

Macy's teapot


Martha Stewart Collection Tea Kettle, 4 Qt.

Don’t let the elegance of the Martha Stewart brand fool you. This stainless steel kettle clearly sports Hitler’s side-swept hairstyle and signature toothbrush mustache. (Don’t see it? Look at the negative space created by the handle.) And is that really a spout—or a salute?



Oxo Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle

Oxo makes several teapots that look nothing like Hitler—though they do produce a whisk broom that eerily resembles Stalin—but there’s no mistaking who this Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle evokes.  Sure, he looks a little heavier here—but that could just be a disguise.



Chef’s Secret® 2.75qt Surgical Stainless Steel Tea Kettle

The Hitler side-part is obvious when it comes to this kettle, but is that a raised eyebrow? Given that the German leader wasn’t exactly known for being jaunty—and it’s made by Chef’s Secret—chances are that it’s a conspiratorial wink.

Le Creuset 1.7 quart stainless steel whistling tea kettle

Le Creuset

Le Creuset 1.7-Quart Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle

Okay, admittedly the hairstyle is a little off here—too straight to be Hitler. And the salute does appear to be a friendly wave. So this could be Charlie Chaplin. But you can’t be too careful.

Cuisinart Heritage 2 quart tea kettle


Cuisinart Heritage 2-Qt. Tea Kettle

Another potentially complicated Hitler doppelganger. The mustache resemblance is clearly there, but given the portly physique, this kettle could reasonably be mistaken for Oliver Hardy. (Stan Laurel sold separately.)

Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il tea kettles

Mike Leavitt-Charles Krafft

Mike Leavitt-Charles Krafft Teapots

A collaboration between renowned Seattle artists Mike Leavitt and Charles Krafft (a Holocaust denier who often makes Nazi-themed art), these ceramic teapots are meant to look like Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the late Korean leader Kim Jong Il. But at $1800 each, is there really such a resemblance? Maybe if you squint.

MORE: JCPenney’s ‘Hitler’ Teakettle Sells Out Online