Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! First of all, to my Canadian neighbors... Happy Victoria Day!!!
When I turned the page on my Collectible Teapot calendar, I found this wonderful Victorian invention... the self-pouring teapot...which I had forgotten about.
The teapot in the calendar, although the mark isn't shown, is probably by Doulton and is a flow blue Peony pattern self pouring teapot. What, you say??? Yep! The vacumn pump lid forces tea out of the spout without having to pick up the pot to pour out the tea.
The above 2 photos are from Roisin Cox in England, a friend a collector, and part of the British Ceramics group I belong to, who gave me permission to post them. This is a wonderful Doulton, Burslem...later Royal Doulton, self poring teapot with an 1886 pattern date...and was marketed through A. J Royle in Manchester.
Steve Osborne, a friend and collector from a British pottery group I belong to, also gave me permission to share these...he has a collection of them, as seen above...
The teapot works by a pumping mechanism. The lid is raised then depressed with the finger covering the small hole in the top generating pressure within the teapot to expel tea out of the spout. The curved spout meant the teapot did not have to be lifted. The water was forced through the tea leaves in the bottom of the pot which was thought to improve the flavor. Those clever Victorians! Invented by industrialist John J Royle in 1886.
The above chintz version is one that I have had in the past and sold...I think over 30 years I have had about a dozen of them in differest colors and patterns. Some folks in the trade have called them Staffordshire droopers, and a few other unmentionable names, but I love them for their quirkiness. They didn't last longer really, that the 1920-1930s.
Some of the self pourers in Steve's collection, another is seen above...this time in the Aesthetic style. Queen Alexandra had one, and the calendar states that Queen Victoria used one as well...
He is a member of British Pottery And Porcelain group on Facebook which I am a long time member of...
A bit different this week, but It was such fun being reminded of a fun Victorian invention. Thanks for joining me for tea from a self pouring teapot!
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