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Tea caddy and spoon
Date Made/Found: 1949
Material and Medium: Sterling silver
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: Virtual1987.32-33
These objects are a tea caddy and matching caddy spoon. The tea caddy and spoon are made from Sterling silver and the handle is wood. The objects were made by Thomas Blogg of Sheffield in 1949. Tea caddies are used to store loose leaves of dry tea. These are lifted from the caddy using a caddy spoon and placed into a teapot or tea infuser. At the time this tea caddy was made, British consumers still preferred traditional loose leaf tea over tea bags, which began to grow in popularity during the 1950s. British silversmithing enjoyed a revival after the Second World War. The highly influential Royal College of Art in London was reorganised and placed a new emphasis on reducing the division between craft and industry. A number of important designers, such as Gerald Benney and David Mellor, began to work with manufacturing firms in Sheffield to create mass produced goods that were innovative, fashionable and had a wide appeal. Designers of the 1950s were often influenced by contemporary sculpture and abstract art. Silversmiths were looking to the future and embracing new ideas in form and decoration. While designs expressed their individuality, silversmiths were still producing functional objects. The curving lines of this tea caddy and spoon are typical of the period. Find out more… Discover more about the fascinating history of tea: Griffiths, J. 2007 'Tea: The Drink that Changed the World'. London: Carlton Publishing Group. Explore objects from the 1950s held in the collection of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London: Ransome Wallis, R. 2000 'Treasures of the 20th Century. Silver, jewellery and art medals from the 20th Century Collection of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'. London: The Goldsmiths' Company.
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