Date Made/Found: around 1855
Material and Medium: Britannia metal
Dimensions: Overall: 180 x 240 x 140mm (7 1/16 x 9 7/16 x 5 1/2in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1954.32
This is a pear shaped teapot made of Britannia metal. It is marked ‘E Stacey & Son, Successors to John Vickers, Britannia Place, Sheffield, 1094, Best Britannia metal’. It was manufactured around 1855.
The markings on this teapot make deliberate reference to John Vickers. John was the son of James Vickers, who first developed Britannia metal in Sheffield, around 1769. Britannia metal is an alloy (mix) similar to pewter consisting of around 90% tin with other metals including copper, antimony and bismuth. It can be polished to a high silver-like shine, which meant that it was very popular for making affordable tablewares. Britannia metal was exported from Sheffield in vast quantities during the 1800s.