The metal cover has a deep flange. When you pull it up then push it down, the pressure of the air in it makes a cupful of tea pour out. This striking self pouring teapot is decorated with an burnt orange and gilt flowers on a mottled gilt background. The handle and spout are . The neck of the pot has a pattern of blue blossoms with gilt centres. The metal lid has a round porcelain finial. It is marked on the base Royles Patent Self Pouring, Manufactured by Doulton's Burslem for J.J. Royle Manchester No. 6327, 1886. John James Royle was born in Manchester in 1850 and started a foundry and engineering business in 1882. As well as being a successful businessman, he made many inventions, most famously the self-pouring teapot which he patented in 1886. Doulton & Co. commissioned several thousand. 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 enhance the flavour. It is in excellent condition with no damage and rings true when tapped. Measurements: Height to top finial - 8 1/2 inches (22 cm): Diameter top - 3 1/2 inches (9 cm): Length handle to spout - 9 1/2 inches (24.5 cm): Weight - 50 oz (1425 gm).
Item ID: A4955
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