During Queen Victoria's reign, tea became a symbol of Britain's greatest period of expansion and stability. Every home owned a teapot, even if it was a basic "Brown Betty". Tea was no longer a refined upper class beverage, but the basis of a whole meal. While Charleston dancers and many Victorian glamours have disappeared from the scene, the humble "Brown Betty" has remained a firm favorite. Its origins go back to the to the end of the 17th century and to the birth of the ceramic teapot. In 1700 a small unglazed teapot made of red clay from the Bradwell Woods area of Stoke on Trent was a luxury item costing 12 shillings. Our Brown Betty teapots are still made from the Terracotta as used by the Elers Brothers in 1695. their method of making was 'jollying' but in later years this became slip casting giving a smooth finish and even thickness. Rocking glaze complies with US FDA and California proposition 65. Succeeding generations of Englishmen have proved that the Brown Betty makes the best pot of tea in the world. The shape of the pot causes the tea leaves to be gently swirled around as the boiling water is added thus producing an exquisite infusion. The red terracotta clay with its Rockingham glaze coddles the brew and gives the perfect cup of tea.
Capacity 43 floz (1220ml)
The actual color of Brown Betty Teapots is 'Color Pantone 4975'.
Nobody is certain, how the Brown Betty got its name. There are different stories yet nobody knows without a doubt. Unquestionably the "Brown color" in Brown Betty alludes to the shading made by the Special Rockingham glaze.
The Euturia terracotta red clay of Staffordshire was found to be ideal for teapots in 1695. It is this clay which makes Brown Betty Teapots unique. This red clay is especially known for its heat containing property, which keeps the tea warmer for a long time. These early teapots were originally made tall and thin, but early in the 19th century, they took the familiar rounded shape which we see today. Queen Victoria loved to make tea in the Brown Betty Teapot, which is one reason the Brown Betty became so famous in the Victorian age.