A self-pouring teapot
Made for the patentee, J J Royle of Manchester, by Doulton, probably in the late 1880s. Royle was an engineer and his teapot worked like a pump. Pushing down the lid forced tea through a grating in the bottom of the pot and up through the spout; the pot did not need to be lifted from the table. Shown at the Chicago Exhibition of 1893, it was said to be ‘a boon for mothers of large families’ and ‘as used by Queen Victoria’.
Accession no HMCMS:ACM1962.11