How Did the Brown Betty Teapot Get Its Name?


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The Brown Betty teapot is brown because of the color of the Rockingham glaze it is made with. Elizabeth, shortened to Betty, historically was a common name in England. In the past, it would have been very likely to have a servant named Betty serve the tea, hence the name, Brown Betty.

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Manufactured in the late 17th century, Brown Betty teapots were some of the first English ceramic teapots. They were handmade exclusively by Cauldon Ceramics in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. They have always been made from red clay gathered near the Bradell Woods area in Stoke-on-Trent.

An authentic Brown Betty teapot is marked at the bottom with an imprint which says, "Cauldon, Made in England." It also has a small Union Jack sticker attached. In addition, newer teapots are stamped with "Original Betty" and come with a card describing the teapot's history. The teapot comes in a range of sizes, with capacities ranging from 2 to 8 cups.

For tea lovers, the Brown Betty teapot brews better tea than any other design. Its round shape allows the tea leaves to circulate inside the teapot as boiling water is poured in. It also retains heat well because of the clay it is made of.

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