This time of year we almost drink more tea than in winter — especially with the weather not being able to make up its mind. We have two vintage insulated French teapots we adore (one steel, one copper) found at flea markets over the years and you can't beat their simple, smart design, and how they keep tea warm for hours. Ours aren't marked, and whenever people ask us where they can buy one, we never know where to suggest. But we finally tracked down this French classic and a few places you can buy it...
The Salam teapot was first produced in 1953 by french silversmith Guy Degrenne. It's made of double-walled bone china, and insulated by a felt-lined stainless steel cozy which fits over it like a sleeve. Our vintage flea-market versions have a simple bone china top under the cozy, but the new teapots have a convenient fitted strainer that makes brewing loose tea a lot easier. The design is classic and modern, and goes well with any kitchen style.
We found several sites that sell this classic French teapot, and they run from $80 upwards (or keep an eye on ebay for vintage versions)! The price for a new one may seem steep (we couldn't resist that pun) but we can attest that it's about as perfect a design as we've ever seen for a teapot — easy to use and clean, and will last forever. It also keeps tea at the perfect temperature for hours. It seems to be available new in 2, 4 or 6-cup sizes.
>>>> available at Mighty Leaf tea company for $80
>>> 6-cup version available at Williams-Sonoma for $99