June 18, 2014 Adding more teapots. Metal TEAPOTS

The various type of materials that have been used to produce teapots is staggering.  Ceramics of all types from crude, heavy pottery to stoneware,  porcelain both hard paste and soft paste, faience and bone china and the extremely tough vitrified china, glass, even wood and bamboo, and now we come to metals.
These include:
Stainless steel, including one that is cute to look at but POORLY designed. The last two photos. The teapot is heavy and the handle is totally inadequate, is difficult to hold level with the teapot EMPTY, impossible to hold with one hand with it full. Must have been designed by someone who never before held a full teapot. That particular style of squatty teapot requires a taller handle and best would be one over the top. The pewter teapot had a top handle and is easy to use and it too is quite heavy.
Enameled steel – early “graniteware” and late the more sophisticated “modern” designs.
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).
There are others, brass, bronze, various alloys
And FIRST, the jewel of my collection, the Gorham Copper teapot with rosewood burl handle. 1881.
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.
Gorham #1
Gorham 3
copper bottom closeup
Pewter, Made in Italy.  This teapot has the perforations between the body of the teapot and the spout – another with built-in strainer.





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…




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2 Responses to June 18, 2014 Adding more teapots. Metal TEAPOTS

  1. Liz says:

    What a gorgeous collection! The Aladdin one is adorable!

    • asenjigal says:

      Thanks Liz,
      I had several more Aladdin teapots – 18 in all but lost 17 of them in the ’94 earthquake. Never again put teapots on glass shelves because when the top shelf collapsed, it caused a cascade effect all the way to the bottom of the cabinet. This one escaped by a miracle without even a scratch or a fleabite.

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