The kettle is the most common device that is found in more homes than any other appliance and frequently used to boil water to make tea.
 Boiling Kettle
The history of tea is an interesting one. Boiling water was a practice done by travellers and soldiers in ancient china. They figured out that to boil water at a certain temperature would remove its impurities giving them potable water. They also started adding green tea leaves to the boiling water to give it a certain flavour. This led to the formulation of tea.

In Europe on the other hand, such nomads and warriors also boiled water for it to be potable but they placed wheat and barley grain on their water to add flavour, thereby fermenting such ingredients to what we now know as malt beer.

In North America, tea kettles were normally used by cowboys for their coffee during cattle runs and drives. These kettles had to be strong and sturdy for the long haul. For most of the part, a lot of the tea kettles were made of copper which conducted heat easily. In china, tea kettles were made of porcelain which added to the allure of the eastern world. Such tea pots and tea cups were so artfully done that it was highly traded.
 
Swedish Kettle with Legs

To tea drinkers, there is nothing more cheering than the sound of a whistling tea kettle. It signals that a piping-hot cup of refreshing tea is close at hand. Of course, the same can be said of all the other kettles that have boiled water over the centuries, although not all of them could sing like the whistling models. Interestingly, the earliest kettles were not used for boiling water at all.

Mesopotamian Vessels
A bronze vessel almost identical to a modern kettle in shape, with a decorated spout, is known from Mesopotamia in 3500 to 2000 BC. It was, however, probably used for filtering rather than for boiling water. According to archaeological theories, the early kettle-shaped containers may actually have been used for cooking.


Earliest Kettles

The first kettles used for boiling water were made of iron and placed directly on the flame. They were probably the descendants of the earliest cooking pots, which were eventually used to boil water too.
 
Iron Kettle
By the 1800’s copper was a common material. Such kettles were heated directly over a fire or stove. The copper version required frequent cleaning as it tarnished each time it was used.
 
Victorian Copper Kettle
 

Electric
The first electric kettle was developed in Chicago in 1891, by the Carpenter Electric Company of the United States. It took twelve minutes to heat the water because the element was in a separate compartment, and not immersed in the water as it is in modern kettles.
Swan Kettle
 

In 1922 The Swan company created a kettle which had the element sealed in a metal tube and placed directly in the water chamber unlike the slow boiling electric jugs previously produced. This faster design caught on and soon most companies were making kettles in this design. Kettles were mainly made from metal with bakelite handles and lids gaining popularity during the 1930s, during the second world war metal was in short supply and as a result ceramic kettles replaced their metal counterparts of the 1930’s. Several ceramic designs that featured bakelite lids were produced due to the shortage of metal products and these stayed popular for many years

Automatic
Perhaps the most important development of all was the arrival of the first fully automatic kettle. in 1956 Russell Hobbs produced the first fully automatic kettle bring the kettle into the modern age.
Alessi Kettle
 
Today it would be hard to find a new electric kettle that was not automatic and the trend of plastic type kettles is fast being replaced by retro style chrome designs

Whistling
Plastic kettles are among the most recent models on the market, as are cordless kettles. However, the whistling kettle continues to hold its own in popularity. Modern whistling kettles are light and have heat-resistant handles. They are designed to look sleek and shiny, in brushed stainless steel and platinum, or copper, and they even come in borosilicate glass, which is both durable and easy to clean. Whistling electric kettles are also available now.
 
Le Creuset Enamel+on Steel Kettle
Collector Notes
Historically speaking, copper tea kettles have always been popular. The great tea house boom of Europe saw the first uses of copper tea kettles for boiling water. This was in preparation for the teas of the day. Intuitively, many copper tea kettles were crafted as homestead knick-knacks, adding to the elegance of home décor.

Modern technology contributes a multi-fold bonus for copper tea kettles. These benefits include stronger, durable, and more decorative enhancements. Look around most households and you will see copper tea kettles brewing afternoon tea or hear the whistle of a freshly-brewed pleasure.

The natural aroma of fresh brewed tea in the morning or afternoon is enough to reinvigorate the numbest of senses. The single-most important component to successful tea making is the tea kettle. A common brewing method might include boiling water in an open pot. A consistent flavourful batch of tea is better produced with a tea kettle.

What better way to start your morning than the sound of a tea kettle's whistle indicating that all is perfect and ready. Important: When looking for a copper tea kettle, do not mistake the thinner copper tea kettles as lower quality tea kettles. Many of these kettles are designed as decorative ornaments and should not be used for steaming teas. There are a number of copper tea kettles vying for your attention; the following are just a few:
 
  • Simplex English Whistling Tea Kettle - Popular for its conventional design and quick steam time. These tin-lined copper English Tea Kettles are great for making tea in a crunch. No regrets with these kettles. They boast a comfortable wooden handle and hold a practical 2 quarts.
 
  • Mauviel Cupretam Pour La Table Tinned Copper Kettle - These copper tea kettles hold a hefty 4 quarts and host up to a 2mm thick tin lining. They boast a bronze or cast-iron handle, a showy polished exterior and are fastened with solid copper rivets.
 
  • Solid Copper Hammered Tea Kettles - The protective coating on these copper tea kettles promote value by allowing the kettle to be used for decoration or function as a kitchen accessory once the coating is removed. NOTE: Kettles will tarnish without the additional coating. This is a 2-quart, solid copper tea kettle, nickel lined with a black Bakelite handle
 
  • Solid Copper Windsor Whistling Tea Kettles - These solid copper tea kettles steal a page out of the English whistling tea kettles book; 2-quart, nickel lined, with special outer coating that protects the copper tea kettle from tarnishing. Adding to the copper tea kettle's elegance is its prominent black handle and brass accent.

With their stylish and universally-accepted designs, it's no wonder that copper tea kettles have snuck their way into so many households across the globe. Of course, not all credit goes to just the copper tea kettle's style, design and usefulness. Tea itself carries a lot of important history, from the Boston Tea Party and the tea houses in Sichuan Province, China, to Teakettle Junction located in Death Valley National Park, California, USA.