Cube teapot

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A cube teapot

The cube teapot is a teapot whose main purpose was to be used on a ship. The cube shape of the teapot would stabilise it so that it would not roll over and scald the person making the drink, whereas conventional curved teapots would roll over when the ship rocked from side to side.[1]


Leicester Ltd Teapot Stamp

The cube teapot was invented by Englishman Robert Crawford Johnson (1882–1937), who was responsible for the design and registered "Cube Teapots Ltd" in 1917. He perfected the design, one that did not drip, poured easily, was chip resistant and stacked together for easy storage. With no spout or projecting handle the cube teapot looked exactly as it sounds - a cube.[2][3]

The cube teapot was first put into production in 1920, in earthenware by Arthur Wood of Stoke-on-Trent, England. It was later licensed to other firms including Wedgwood & Co Ltd.[4] and silversmiths Napper and Davenport of Birmingham, whose silver version is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.[3] It was also produced by T G Green Cornishware.[5]


They were used by Cunard on the liner Queen Elizabeth II until the 1980s[6] and on the Queen Mary.[citation needed] They were also commonly used in tea shops because of their robustness.[7]

Recent studies[edit]

In 2000, there was a touring exhibition on cube teapots, sponsored by Twinings, at Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool[8] and Leicester's New Walk Museum.[9] Anne Anderson wrote a book on the teapots, The Cube Teapot (Richard Dennis, 1999).[7]

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  1. ^ "Squaring up to the drips!" Leicester Mercury. August 30, 2005.
  2. ^ "Seaworthy teapot rides out the storms", Liverpool Echo, August 16, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Teapot", Victoria and Albert Museum collections, Museum No. M.934-1983. Date Accessed: 2012/05/04.
  4. ^ Darryl, "The Cube Teapot", World Collectors Net, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  5. ^ "HOOP & GLORY; CORNISH WARE COMES OUT OF THE KITCHEN TO BE COLLECTABLE KITSCH." The Mirror. (October 21, 2000 , Saturday ): 544 words. Nexis UK. Web. Date Accessed: 2012/05/03.
  6. ^ "Teapot Squares Up To Sea Life." Western Morning News (Plymouth). (January 25, 2003 ): 304 words. Nexis UK. Web. Date Accessed: 2012/05/03.
  7. ^ a b "Everything stops for tea BOOKS: A Cube Teapot by Anne Anderson." Western Morning News (Plymouth). (November 13, 1999 ): 358 words. Nexis UK. Web. Date Accessed: 2012/05/03.
  8. ^ "GALLERIES AND EXHIBITIONS." UK Newsquest Regional Press — This is Lancashire. (October 18, 2000 ): 2618 words. Nexis UK. Web. Date Accessed: 2012/05/03.
  9. ^ "No pyramid bags, just cube teapots." Leicester Mercury. (March 9, 2000 ): 270 words. Nexis UK. Web. Date Accessed: 2012/05/03.

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