Armitages & Standish
Date Made/Found: Around 1829
Material and Medium: Britannia metal
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2010.105
This is a ‘creamer’ or cream jug, made of Britannia metal. It was manufactured in Sheffield by Armitages & Standish around 1829. It was paired with a sugar bowl (2010.98).
The style of this creamer suggests a teapot, but there are a couple of clues which confirm it is not. Metal handles were not normally used on teapots, as wood or ivory provided much better insulation from the heat. Also there is no filter or strainer inside the spout, as would be needed to filter tea leaves.
This object is part of the Jack Scott collection. Dr Jack Scott gave his collection to the City of Sheffield in 1997. He grew to love Sheffield and the city's metalwork history whilst reading for a PhD at Sheffield University.