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Rare modernist The "Cube" tea service

A superb four piece silver plated modernist the Cube tea & coffee set comprising of a teapot, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl.

Design patented in 1916, this set dated circa 1930, all stamped on the base with the maker's T. Wilkinson & Sons, trademarks, register and patent numbers.

The ingenious design solves many problems - they are stackable with no projecting handle and spout; the spouts pour easily and do not drip! they are chip resistant; the holes on handles and the base, plus the insulated thumb rests keep the hands from getting burnt. 


Stylistically, this teapot appears to be an English interpretation of the aesthetic principles of the German Bauhaus. However, the patent details inscribed on the base reveal that the design was registered in 1916, three years before the Bauhaus existed. It was an engineer's solution to the problem of storing teapots in mass catering establishments. The spouts and handles on conventional teapots were vulnerable, and liable to be broken in crowded hotel pantries.

The design was registered by Robert Johnson of Leicester. In his patent application he specified that the teapot could be made in either ceramic or metal. His main intention was to produce a practical design. But when the Birmingham retail silversmith Napper & Davenport produced the teapot in silver it acquired an aesthetic importance that Johnson never envisaged. In the late 1920s the Cube Teapot Company was established in Leicester and produced a highly successful version in ceramic.  (V&A Collections)


DATE: c1930

DIMENSION: (approx.)

Coffee pot: 8.2cm x 8.2cm.  Height: 13.5cm

Tea pot: 8.2cm x 8.2cm.  Height: 8.5cm

Milk jug: 7.2cm x 7.2cm.  Height: 7.5cm

Sugar bowl: 7.2cm x 7.2cm.  Height: 7.5cm

WEIGHT: 1217g

CONDITION: This set is in great condition with only minimal silver plate loss, mainly on high points and corners. There are no dents or damage to all the pieces. No restoration or repair.

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the CUBE silver plated plate teapot tea coffee service set sugar bowl milk jug

the CUBE silver plated plate teapot tea coffee service set sugar bowl milk jug

the CUBE silver plated plate teapot tea coffee service set sugar bowl milk jug

the CUBE silver plated plate teapot tea coffee service set sugar bowl milk jug

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