An antique Victorian silver plated self pouring tea pot by James Dixon of Sheffield, Royles Patent. The piece is activated by raising the lid by the knop with its tubular extension, to pump the tea by lowering lid causing it to go up through the spout via a fine strainer situated to the internal base of said spout. The piece is raised on a slightly conical foot and sports a half gadrooned body and an ebonised knop which sits upon a reeded dome to the upper. The spout looks to be a strange shape but is typical for the genre, the tea being able to pour at the correct angle to a cup below.The innovative design meant that the questionably delicate lady would not have to lift a heavy full teapot. It was usually the lady of the house rather than a servant who had the honour of playing mother at the Victorian tea table. Queen Victoria herself preferred the design. It looks gleaming on display and only on close inspection will you see the odd little signs of age and use to the cover.
There is a little and unobtrusive chip to the edge of the ebonised knop and a very small and slight dip to the foot ring, but still stands well. Makers marks: please see image. The item "VICTORIAN SHEFFIELD SILVER PLATED SELF POUR TEA POT-JAMES DIXON" is in sale since Friday, March 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silver Plate\Teapots & Sets".
The seller is "sugarburnttooth" and is located in Penarth. This item can be shipped worldwide.