Antique Gibson’s England Brown Lustreware/ Chrome Tea Caddy
This is an unusual Antique Gibson’s England Brown Lustreware/ Chrome Tea Caddy.
Originally used for storing tea leaves, it looks equally good storing tea bags or as a decorative collector’s piece. The lid is not airtight otherwise it could have been used for biscuits/ cookies. It would also look good used as an ice cube bucket at a dinner party.
The impressed back mark dates back to approximately 1910, which makes this 100 years old. Gibson’s were also known by other brand names including Harvey and Albany (the names of the potteries), Silvoe Art ware, Windsor Art ware and Royal Harvey.
The tea caddy base is dark brown ‘tortoise shell effect’ lustreware; hand painted with gold leaves on both sides. The rim is finished in chrome with a lovely swivel chrome handle. The lid is also chrome with an ornate top. It is in good condition with some pitting in the chrome which is only visible on close inspection. The ceramic the caddy does have some crazing.
- Height (lid to base, excluding handle): ~ 16cm
- Maximum Diameter: ~ 16cm
- Lid Diameter: 8.7cm
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Some Trivia For You!
Gibson & Sons Ltd was a Staffordshire, UK pottery founded by Sydney Gibson in 1875 as ‘Gibson, Sudlow & Co.’ They are predominantly known for their manufacture of teapots in Earthenware/ Lustreware. In fact at one time they were the World’s largest producer of teapots/ teapot sets. However, this lack of diversification led to their demise in the 1960s when tea drinking fashions began to change.
They were great exporters of teapots all over the world but particularly the U.S.A. They had a really good marketing export label, which read as follows:-
This is a genuine English GIBSON teapot
“The Chinese started drinking tea,
Back in a distant century,
The English started to make the Pot,
To serve this beverage piping hot.
‘Tis easy now for all to see,
Why English people love their tea,
With milk or lemon, iced or hot,
‘Tis better made in a GIBSON pot.”
Now who can argue with that!