Advertising Teapots (1766-1800)


The late 1700’s were a time when marketing was much more creative than today…


Such teapots were likely displayed in a shop window in the hopes of attracting more customers (Swinton pottery, England).


The Stamp Act was passed in March of 1765. It taxed all colonial commercial and legal papers, which included newspapers, pamphlets, and playing cards. The colonists were outraged at being taxed without their consent (a right guaranteed to all Englishmen), and they refused to pay the tax. Opposition to the Stamp Act was not limited to the colonies. British merchants and manufacturers, whose exports to the colonies were threatened by colonial economic problems exacerbated by the tax, also pressured the British Parliament. The Act was repealed on March 18, 1766.

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