VINTAGE MACINTYRE TEAPOT "THE ABSENT MINDED BEGGAR
- Source: eBay UK
This is a very interesting old teapot for lots of reasons,it was made by Macintyres Burslem,William Moorcroft started there in 1897 and became chief designer in 1898, this teapot is circa 1899 and was made as part of a country wide drive to raise money for poor soldiers in the Boer war. Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem called "The Absent-Minded Beggar" about these Boer war soldiers, and R. Caton Woodville did a picture called "A Gentleman in Kharki". The first verse of the poem, and Kiplings signiture , are on one side of the teapot,and the picture is on the other side. The teapot is about 5" high, and in excellent condition for its age of 112 years, no chips, cracks, or damage at all, a really interesting and historical item.