"No Stamp Act" Teapot
This creamware teapot commemorates the March 1766 repeal of the Stamp Act. The teapot was made in Staffordshire, England, probably between 1766 and 1770. English manufacturers created such export ceramics as a way to regain colonial customers who had been boycotting their products. Passed by Parliament in March 1765, the Stamp Act taxed American colonists for all commercial and legal papers, including newspapers, pamphlets, and playing cards. The colonists, outraged at being taxed without their consent, refused to pay the tax and instead boycotted English goods. The Stamp Act was repealed less than five months after it had gone into effect.