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Teapot, made in Edinburgh

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Teapot, made in Edinburgh
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This silver teapot was made in 1750-1 by Edinburgh silversmith James Welsh. It was awarded by the Edinburgh Society to John Hutton for his achievements in paper making. Hutton was a paper maker at Springfield Mill in Polton in Midlothian.

The inscriptions on the sides of the teapot record a series of medals presented to John Hutton from 1757 to 1763.

As with the textile industry, paper-making was originally a craft industry which was later mechanised.

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