Cast iron, a small Japanese Tetsubin – I have three or four more but have yet to find where I “hid” them. Also enameled cast iron from various countries – popular in Scandinavia.
Aluminum – popular in the UK and less so in the US. Interesting designs often based on silver and silverplate designs from the 19th century.
Pewter – the one pictured was made in Italy – I believe in the 1980s.
Silver plate – I have one that is not in great condition but still looks pretty good for its age (1880s).
Dinged up with allover evidence of use but still attractive. It survived the ’94 earthquake but got at least one tiny dent. The stand which supported it above a little copper “spirit lamp” that burnt alcohol was totally crushed and mangled as it fell out of the bookcase and landed right under the vertical support. The teapot bounced away from the crash site on the carpet.
For years after I inherited the teapot, I did not know it was by Gorham nor that it was so old. The bottom was covered in black, burnt-on crud, from being placed over a flame for many, many decades. Only after I cleaned some of the black stuff off, did I find the Gorham mark, name and the “N” date mark for 1881. I would love to show it on Antiques Roadshow. Gorham produced a lot of silver and silver plate teapots but not many copper.
Aluminum – English made. Sona Ware 2 Cup with perforations between the body of the pot and the spout – a built-in strainer.
Another aluminum teapot, also Made in England. SWAN Empire teapot with perforations between body and spout – another with built-in strainer.
This little cast iron teapot is a Japanese Tetsubin. It holds just 1 cup (8 ounces) and is designed for Japanese green teas. It has a stainless steel mesh infuser basket.
Very modern stainless steel – an “Aladdin” type design. I originally had two of these but sold one on ebay a few months ago. It is well designed and easy to hold and pour with one hand.
And this is the one that is so poorly designed that it is virtually impossible to use. Even empty it requires two hands to hold it level because the handle is placed wrong. Obviously not designed by a tea drinker…