Date Made/Found: 1830-1840
Material and Medium: Britannia metal
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1980.1085
This is a teapot made of Britannia metal. It was manufactured by Joseph Wolstenholme of Broad Street, Sheffield, between 1830 and 1840.
Britannia metal was developed in Sheffield around 1769 by James Vickers. It 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.
In the 1800s tea drinking in England had become a popular activity, especially in wealthier households. A great number of articles relating to tea drinking were manufactured and they made up a principal part of the Britannia metal industry