- Object Name: teapot
- Accession Number: 1995.739
- Description: deep russet/sepia glazed teapot, plain, chunky, three short feet; overhead handle like greek `pi`; lid with simple button handle and vent
Belfield's pottery flourished in Prestonpans from the early nineteenth century until around the time of World War II. From the first, they produced a wide range of articles but later concentrated on teapots, for which they won a wide reputation.
The distinctive chocolate or toffee glaze on this teapot is known as 'Rockingham' glaze, and it was a favourite of Belfield's of Prestonpans for their 'Broon Coo' teapots. They produced many styles; often the handles and spout showed some degree of modelling in 'twig' relief.
Belfield's Pottery was the last survivor of the Prestonpans ceramic industry. It operated for over a century on a site near the west end of the town, beside the seaside. The site had also been used for a works making industrial acids and basic chemicals and had been a saltworks before that.
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