Judge Ware Family Teapot
A good serviceable early British brown enamel teapot, capable of delivering around 12 plus cups of tea. This one was made by Judge Brand hollow ware, who manufactured kitchen enamelware throughout the early twentieth century. It is identified by its distinctive Judge's logo applied to the knob on its lid. Judge Ware was manufactured by Ernest Stevens Limited, Cradley Heath, Staffordshire, UK, who boasted "Only the finest materials and workmanship go into the making of this world famed hollow-ware". They were right, the Judge brand has stood the test of time and still offers the best in vintage household enamelware.
History of enamel in the home
Up until the late 19th century your everyday teapot was either ceramic or tin. Although the enamelling process had been invented hundreds of years before, it took the Industrial Revolution to drive forward the quality of vitreous enamelling and its application to everyday household objects; and by the dawn of the 20th Century enamelled kitchen equipment, pans, vessels, kettles and teapots had become commonplace. Enamel teapots became a 1920s alternative to their much heavier ceramic cousins, and the first half of the twentieth century saw their heyday, when enamel kitchenware became all-the-rage. Apart from being much lighter in weight and therefore far easier to use, they survived the rigours of a busy kitchen - for they didn't shatter when dropped. They also made a damn fine brew.
Year of manufacture: c.1920
Width from end of spout to far-side of handle 34cm
Condition: good, with two small knocks to the enamel on the side, and one to the handle. See images. This adds to its character and is typical of enamel teapots of this age.
Note: much "vintage enamel" popular today was, and still is, made in Poland - and some of it is not as old as it would appear. This teapot however was made in England and is a genuine early piece.