T G Green Teapot
Our good-looking T G Green Cornish Ware teapot has a green shield stamp to its underside (see image) flared sides and a squared handle, which dates it to around 1950. It makes an excellent cup of tea - and despite its 70 years of use it is in excellent condition. Teapots are becoming more difficult to find, as they were in constant use, and were so often chipped, cracked or completely broken.
The blue and white striped Cornish ware by T. G. Green is recognised as one of the most classic and enduring designs of twentieth century kitchen pottery. Established in 1864 by Thomas Goodwin Green, when he purchased the Derbyshire pottery of Church Gresley, T G Green potteries started out by manufacturing utilitarian kitchen and table-wares for local demand only.
The classic blue and white banded design was born as a result of the economic recession that followed the First World War. With factory workers in their white earthenware division down to a two-day week, further projects were urgently required. The result was Cornish Kitchenware, or Cornish Ware, as it became known.
The banded Cornish ware was created by dipping the unfired pottery in blue slip and then turning each piece on a lathe to remove bands of the slip, revealing the white body underneath. A clear glaze followed to make them watertight and suitable for kitchen use. It is said that the blue and white stripes reminded an employee of the Cornish seaside - hence the Cornish Ware name, which, in fact, had no connection with Cornwall at all.
Year of manufacture: c.1950
Manufacturer: T G Green
Height 14cm Diameter 13cm Width from spout to handle 23cm