Royles Self Pouring Teapot
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.