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Strange and amusing teapots were produced throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Some tried to re-invent the tea-making process with various compartments inside them, some were purely decorative, and in the nineteenth century some were made as satirical comments on contemporary figures - see the range of politicians illustrated here.The Victorians enjoyed commemorating events, and the teapot was frequently used for this purpose, even as late as the first World War, when several potteries produced teapots with patriotic slogans to send to the troops.The 1920's and 30's saw another period of amusing teapots in the shapes of racing-cars, pandas, ocean-liners and many country cottages. Although made for a mass-market, these are very collectable items today.And so to the present, where a handful of small British potteries such as ourselves are producing teapots on a contemporary theme, but in the fine tradition of eccentricity and quality for which British teapots are noted. The methods of production remain basically the same and still require the same skills to produce as they did in the eighteenth century. These teapots could justifiably become the antiques of the future.

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