In March 1765 Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies. It was the first direct tax on the colonies and provoked an immediate, violent response. 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 The Stamp Act was repealed less than five months after it had gone into effect. Colonists would have used the teapot that this absorbent No Stamp Act ceramic coaster design is taken from to privately and publicly protest England's tax on everyday items before the Revolutionary War.
For colonists chafing under imperial rule, the Stamp Act was the last straw. Some expressed their dissatisfaction through their tea services. The original teapot features a simply designed body with deep red lettering and garlands, and a spout and handle in the shape of vines that reflect the 18th-century interest in nature.