What is this?
Four-part pewter set consisting of cylindrical teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl (.1/3), on shaped tray (.4). All with trapezoidal ebonized wood handles, and engraved with block letter "G". Teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl lids with circular ebonized wood finials.
Why is this in our collection?
This compact fitted tea service, comprising a teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, and tray, is from the Dinette line of tea sets created by the International Silver Company’s Wilcox Silver Plate division. The sets were targeted at modern-minded women as space savers for the smaller rooms common in most city apartments, and the line’s design was considered revolutionary when it was launched. Although the Dinette line was first developed by the International Silver Company’s in-house designer, Jean George Theobald, whose background was in jewelry design, the company engaged self-described “decorative arts consultant,” Virginia Hamill, to refine the forms. Hamill was one of the few women practicing product... more