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Teapot, made in Edinburgh

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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Online ID: 000-100-000-942-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 617
Date: 1750 - 1751
Material: Silver. Inscription: IW; [Edinburgh mark]; [date mark]; side: [inscriptions copied from medals for paper-making] FROM THE / EDINBURGH / SOCIETY / TO / JOHN HUTTON
Dimensions: 155 mm H x 256 mm L x 130 mm body D
What: Teapot
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Edinburgh Society
James Welsh, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
John Hutton
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Pear-shaped silver teapot by James Welsh, Edinburgh, 1750 - 1751, with inscriptions on the side copied from medals for paper-making awarded by the Edinburgh Society to John Hutton, 1757 - 1763
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