Alternative Name(s): Cottage Ware, Tableware

Cottage-style tea set purchased from a shop in Hopkin Street, Footscray, said to be an engagement or wedding gift for the donor in 1938. It was not used often but was mainly 'just for show'. It contains a teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug.

The 'set' actually comprises pieces from two different manufacturers, although they are of similar style. The teapot was manufactured by Price Bros, England, part of its 'Ye Olde Fireside' range; the sugar bowl and milk jug were made by Keele Street Pottery Co. Ltd, design style 845007, registered in 1945.

Price Bros was an earthenware manufacturer established at the Crown Works, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, in 1896. After 1903, the company continued as Price Bros (Burslem) Ltd at a different works, and changed its name again in 1962 to Price and Kensington Potteries Ltd. The company is still in operation. Keele Street Pottery was founded in 1915, mainly making utility earthenware, but after World War II the company began expanded its focus to to tableware, cottage ware and other pottery lines. In 1950 the company's name was changed to Staffordshire Potteries Ltd.

Physical Description

Tea set comprised of a teapot, cream jug and sugar bowl. The teapot is in the shape and design of a cottage house. The body of teapot is square; spout and handle represent branches; front illustrates an interior scene with chairs, grandfather clock and two windows with yellow brick walls; rear illustration is internal with two chairs, windows and hearth with mantlepiece and black pot hung over fire. The top section of pot is in shape of tiled roof and it has a separate lid. The sugar bowl is in the design of a small cottage house. Square in shape with yellow bricks, it has windows on each side and a door at one of the corners. Plants are growing up each wall. The bowl has a separate lid. The milk jug is in the design of a two storey cottage house with a handle in the shape of a tree. The jug is square-shaped with two windows on each side and plants growing up the walls. The door is on the corner section.

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