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Tea set

Tea set

  • Place of origin:

    Tunstall (made)

  • Date:

    1930s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Staffordshire Teaset Company (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Anita Zolas

  • Museum number:

    B.143:1 to 22-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tea-set was made at the Plex Street pottery in Stoke on Trent by the Staffordshire Tea-set Company. The company are no longer in existence but were known to have operated until the late 1960s and made versions of the same tea-set in to the 1950s. They made full sized adult ceramics as well as nursery ware and toy tea-sets such as this.
The set, has been decorated with colour images of anthropomorphic animals playing in the country, eating and taking tea. Although this tea-set was produced for a child, its most recent owner, the donor's mother bought it in her adulthood from a charity shop because she never had one as a child.

Physical description

This child's tea set comprises 22 pieces - 6 cups and saucers, 6 plates, a teapot with lid, a milk and sugar bowl. Set is made of white china, each piece has a gilt edging. The set has coloured illustrations of anthropomorphic dogs dressed in clothing acting out various activities such as roller skating, taking a picnic, playing with a ball.

Place of Origin

Tunstall (made)


1930s (made)


Staffordshire Teaset Company (made)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Staffs Tease Co. Ltd / Plex Street Pottery / Tunstall / Made in England'

Descriptive line

Tea set, child's, white china with gold rim, illustrated with colour images of dogs playing, made by Staffordshire Teaset Company, Plex Street pottery Staffordshire, 1930s.


Children & Childhood; Ceramics; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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