|Stoneware teapot, grey 1920s|
|Catalogue page, S1857 right, 2nd row, c1900|
The roulette is a hand tool. It has a small decorative metal wheel attached to a wooden handle. Different patterns and different widths were available to produce a variety of decorative beads. A combination of designs was often used together. The roulette was pressed into the 'green', or leather hard, clay as the pot was rotated. This is called 'running a bead'. (An illustration of the process can be found in 'Manufacturing Processes of Tableware during the Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries' by Robert Copeland, page 110. Click HERE> for full details on my booklist.)
|Teapot base with backstamps, printed and impressed|
On the base there is a factory mark printed in brown which was used from about 1920 to 1957. This teapot is from the 1920s. Another factory mark which is impressed; and a 30 which indicates the size of the piece. This teapot was made in about 4 sizes. According to the 1900 catalogue size 30 held a pint and half. I just tested it and it does.
|Teapot lid with backstamp, printed in brown.|