Tea Time!

Three Very Different Types of Tea Pots in the Willow Pattern

I have to say, I don’t drink tea. I know, don’t hate me, I happen to love coffee. But I do LOOOVVVEEEE willow teapots! I should get some form of credit for that right? Each of the teapots pictured above have the willow pattern and are different in their own way. I chose these three simply because of their size, shape or how they function.

The first teapot I chose was this tiny little one cup (in my book) teapot.

This little teapot is so adorable. It has the traditional willow pattern but is adorned with a brown and gold gilt pattern on it as well. This little guy was made by MacIntyre in Burslem England. I have not researched the manufacturer or date, but I love this little guy! By the way who drinks just one cup anyway?

Next up is the self pouring Royal Doulton Teapot! Yes you heard me right, no need to tilt this one, it will pour on it’s own with an adjustment of the lid!

This lovely teapot was an amazing invention by John James Royle, an Englishman who owned a Manchester engineering company. These were patented in 1886 and the teapots were actually made by Doulton & Co. between 1887 and 1897. What an amazing find in great condition!

This beauty has a pumping mechanism in the center. When the center of the pot was raised and then depressed with the finger covering the small hole in the top, the downward action generated pressure in the teapot, pressing the tea leaves and water out the spout! Crazy right?!

Lastly is this two spout teapot that really has me stumped!

I love this teapot, but most of the two handled teapots I have seen have a divider on the inside that allows the tea maker to create two different flavors in the teapot. This one has no divider inside. I have not attempted to pour from this one, simply out of fear that I would make a huge mess!

This beauty was made by Ashworth brothers and was most likely used on the Allan Line Ship, which is noted on the mark.

Do you have teapots you simply love? Do you actually use them? Do you have a rare teapot that functioned differently than most?


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