This silver teapot topped with a leek, the national symbol of Wales, was presented to Mary Ashby Lewis of Llanerchaeron house by the residents of nearby Aberayron in Ceredigion, Wales. After the death of her husband in 1855, Mary managed the Llanerchaeron estate for 62 years until her own death, aged 104 in 1917. Reports of Mary’s management are admirable; she looked after her staff, tenants and neighbours extremely well. The engraved inscription on this teapot states that the pot was given as a token of appreciation in 1891 to celebrate 50 years of her residence at Llanerchaeron. Llanerchaeron is now owned and managed by the National Trust.