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Post by angie2009 on October 20th 2013, 2:00 pm

Hi All
Hoping someone might be able to shed some light on this, my research so far,
David Dunderdale made the famous sliding top teapot and the only maker i know of such item,
Kearley & Tonge, export tea company but about 40 years after Dunderdale although Hudson Kearley did work for Tetley in the early years,

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Post by NaomiM on October 20th 2013, 2:22 pm

Facinating snippets of history about Kearley and Tonge in this link
http://victorianripper.niceboard.org/t1844-messrs-kearley-and-tonge
As you say, an importer of tea so I would assume they also commissioned these teapots for sale in their shop in the late 19th Century. As you say, the shape is earlier - I've seen it on 1820s-40s teapots - so they've used an older style, which probably explains the name 'Old Dutch'.
There's no maker's mark, so probably commissioned from one of the cheaper Staffordshire factories (I say 'cheaper' because they seemed a couple of rogues from the snippets in the link Happy ).

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Post by angie2009 on October 20th 2013, 3:10 pm

Rogues indeed! and he was a Viscount, this is becoming an interesting search. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Kearley,_1st_Viscount_Devonport

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Post by NaomiM on October 20th 2013, 4:08 pm

Wikipedia wrote:the subject of a savage epigram by Hilaire Belloc:

The grocer Hudson Kearley, he
When purchasing his barony
Considered first, we understand,
The title of Lord Sugarsand,
Or then again he might have been
Lord Underweight of Margarine:
But being of the nobler sort
He took the title Devonport.
Laughter 

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Post by brin mcardle on October 20th 2013, 6:33 pm

Oooo !! He was sarky that Belloc
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Post by angie2009 on October 20th 2013, 6:38 pm

here is the full set, never seen another.

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