The self-pouring teapot by John James Royle.
Originally designed and produced as a promotional item for his industrial customers, the teapot became so popular that a production of several thousand was commissioned from Doulton & Co. of Burslem, Shropshire and Joseph Dixon & Sons of Sheffield to make ceramic and silver versions respectfully.
The teapot works by a pumping mechanism and was designed for the large Victorian family who required large teapots. The lid is raised then depressed with the finger covering the small hole in the top of the lid, generating pressure within the teapot, hence expelling the tea through the tea and out of the spout.
The curved spout meant the teapot did not have to be lifted, and the added bonus of the water being forced through the tea leaves in the bottom of the teapot, was thought to enhance the flavour of the tea. ( The pot has a few knocks and dings , but is working well) I don’t recommend you drink tea from this pot .