A Stainless Steel teapot providing cups of tea for two people. It has a non-drip spout, a handle to grip and a lid that opens easily to be filled. Each person has a spoonful of loose tea or a tea bag in the teapot and it is quite common to add “one for the pot” – for good luck. Hot water is then poured over the tea and left to brew. Years ago, a knitted cosy would be placed over the pot to keep the tea hot but this practice is not so common these days. If using loose tea then a tea strainer will be needed to catch the tea leaves as you pour it into the cup. Some teapots these days have built in tea strainers.

During the 1600’s tea drinking became popular in England when tea started to arrive via the East India Company. England started manufacturing porcelain teapots by the 18th century. Over the years they have been made from various materials, including: earthenware, bone china, silver and glass.

J & J Wiggin in Walsall are believed to have made the world’s first Stainless Steel teapot in the 1930’s after the success of the toast rack they invented in 1928. By the 1960’s Stainless Steel sets consisting of teapots, sugar bowls and cream jugs became popular wedding presents. Some Stainless Steel teapots were made of Stay Brite to help the pot stay shiny.

You can still buy Stainless Steel teapots like the one pictured today.


More information:

Date 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Material(s) Steel
Item number MBPO245

Questions to help you remember using this item

  • Do you have a tea cosy on your teapot to keep the tea hot?
  • Would you use a teabag or loose tea?
  • Which do you prefer tea or coffee?

User Stories

I have a Stainless Steel teapot like this one.  I wouldn’t say it was good at pouring, it does dribble but is good at keeping the tea nice & hot – Helen

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