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Japanned Tea Pot         Bakers of Bilston
Japanned Tea Pot Bakers Of Bilston
1890, Location unknown, Uploaded by Jean49 at 2013/08/22
Tags: Bilston Baker

This tea pot was made by W H & J Baker at their Batchcroft Works in Bilston. The item is in the possession of the Bantock Park Museum in Wolverhampton.

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Janes commented Sep 09, 2013:

Thanks Jean, Perhaps if I speak to them nicely they will show me this exhibit. I went in the room where the japanned ware was displayed and there was a lot of it. It did occur to me that they perhaps thought a teapot didn't fit in with a bedroom which is correct. The trays,bedstead and chair were all beautiful.

You have explained my concern exactly so they paid special attention to the lacquers which needed to be applied to make the item heat and water proof.

Many thanks also for the description of japanned ware and the Baker's place within the industry

Jean49 commented Sep 09, 2013:

Hi, may not be on display, I guess they have loads of stuff that are stored, however, it does exist because a few years ago the museum gave my parents and I a 'viewing' of the tea-poy.

Your question about whether japanned ware was of practical value....yes it was. Firms in Bilston and Wolverhampton were at the forefront of the industry. Some businesses were quite small, but some of the Wolverhampton ones were quite big, for the times. It was a big export product particularly to Spain and South America. The laquers they used were very resilient to liquids and heat and the technique was very common for such things as trays.

The museum have said that J&WH Baker were pioneers of a technique to japanning...this is what they said 

'Messrs. Baker commenced business in the year 1851, and were the first to introduce into the town the manufacture of bright block tin goods. In 1891 the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. W. H. Baker becoming sole proprietor, and he now carries on the business, being assisted by his two sons Mr. Willis Baker and Mr. James Baker.”.

Janes commented Sep 09, 2013:

I looked for this item when I was at Bantock House but couldn't see it

Janes commented Aug 23, 2013:

That is interesting, it is not at all what I thought it would look like. Somehow I find the idea of a japanned teapot very odd. Could it actually be used?

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