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Self Pouring Teapot

This pot, with its strange curved spout, is a self pouring teapot designed mindful of large Victorian families who had big heavy teapots. It works by raising and depressing the lid, which generates enough pressure for the tea to be poured without having to lift the pot. The pot was invented by John Royle in the 1880s as a promotional item for the industrial customers at his Irlam ironworks. It proved popular and Doulton & Co were commissioned to produce this ceramic version.