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Royles Self Pouring Teapot

1886

This is a ceramic self pouring teapot invented by John James Royle and made by Doulton & Co.

The self pouring teapot was originally produced as a novelty promotional item for the industrial customers of John Royle’s foundry and engineering business in Irlam, Salford. It proved popular and a production of several thousand was commissioned from Doulton & Co and Joseph Dixon and Sons to make ceramic and silver versions.

The teapot works by a pumping mechanism. The lid is raised then depressed with a finger covering a small hole in the lid. This generates pressure within the teapot and expels tea out of the curved spout which meant a heavy pot did not need to be lifted.