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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

This is a tea set from United States. It is dated ca. 1928 and we acquired it in 2013. Gift of Marilyn Friedman.

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Its medium is

cast pewter, ebonized wood

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (parts -1/4 together): 9.8 x 33.8 x 13.3 cm (3 7/8 x 13 5/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped on undersides: Old Colony Pewter

It is inscribed

Monogram: block letter "G" engraved on sides of teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and top of tray.

This object was manufactured by Old Colony Pewter and collaborator: Virginia Hamill and designed by Jean George Theobald

This object was donated by Marilyn Friedman

This object is the first item in a set that contains 4 objects.

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Dinette Tea Set, ca. 1928 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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