Jug, hot water

The hot water jug was a necessity during the 1700s and onwards as the tea was made far stronger than it is today and had to be diluted.

"Britannia Metal or Britannium is a pewter-type alloy favoured for its silvery appearance and smooth surface. It was first produed in 1769 or 1770, under the name of "Vickers White Metal", by the Sheffield manufacturers Ebenezer Hancock and Richard Jessop. The mark E.P.B.M. stands for Electro Plated Britannia Metal. To a collector, Britannia Metal items are manufactured by spinning or pressing thin sheets to the required form, whereas Pewter is usually of heavier section and cast in a mould. Some Britannia Metal goods, especially those which were to be silver plated, EPBM, were manufactured from plate which had been rolled too thin. These cheap and shoddy goods gave Britannia Metal a very bad name and it is only in recent years that it has regained status and become a target for collectors."

Sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britannia_metal
Article entitled: Coffee and Tea Wear, by David Langridge
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Hot water jug pewter
height 125mm, circumference 365mm, dia. neck 75mm
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Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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