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Sugar basin - Easi-Nest
  • Easi-Nest
    Shiner, Cyril ABRSA, MSIA, born 1908 - died 1989
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Easi-Nest

  • Object:

    Sugar basin

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1946 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shiner, Cyril ABRSA, MSIA, born 1908 - died 1989 (designer)
    Slade & Dolphin Ltd. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with assistance from the Yorke-Radleigh Trust Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.32-2001

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 5, shelf 1

This compact teaset is made up of a teapot, hot water jug, sugar bowl and milk jug. Every aspect of the design of this service has been very carefully thought through. Each piece of the service stacks neatly one on top of the other so that it can be stored as one piece in the restricted space of a commercial hotel pantry. Furthermore, the lids swing back 180 degrees allowing the pots to drain easily when stored on drying racks.

Cyril Shiner (1908-89) was a major British silversmith and industrial designer of the mid-twentieth century. He also enjoyed an excellent reputation as gifted teacher and craftsman.

Physical description

This sugar basin is one component of a stacking service (along with M.30-2001, M.31-2001 & M.33-2001). Electroplated nickel silver, the body is a plain cylinder resting on a foot which is a plain, circular rim, the base of the body slopes downwards towards the centre. The foot rim fits snugly into the upper rim of the hot water jug when stacked.
The upper rim is a narrow, inverted flange which supports the milk jug when stacked. The handles, ā€˜Dā€™ shaped in profile with a flat top are of metal strip and soldered in diametrically opposite positions to the side wall of the body.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1946 (made)

Artist/maker

Shiner, Cyril ABRSA, MSIA, born 1908 - died 1989 (designer)
Slade & Dolphin Ltd. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver

Marks and inscriptions

EASI-NEST MADE IN ENGLAND A.1. E.P.N.S / PRO. PAT. / No. 3948 / REGD DESIGN / 853938
Patent registration for style of applied decoration; English; In the centre on the underside of the base.

Dimensions

width: 9.50 cm, height: 6.50 cm, length: 15.00 cm

Object history note

This service was designed by Cyril Shiner for Slade and Dolphin and was later used by Saunders & Co Ltd. The price paid was for the complete service.

Descriptive line

Hotel sugar basin in electroplate for Slade & Dolphin Ltd. Birmingham. Designed by Cyril Shiner, 1946.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Designers in Britain A Biennial Review of Graphic and Industrial Design Compiled by the Society of Industrial Artists, Volume Two, London, Alan Wingate. 1949 p.48 ill. pl.1
Reconstruction Designers in Britain 1940-51, London, The Target Gallery, 2001 No.18
Kenneth Crisp Jones ed. The Silversmiths of Birmingham and Their Marks 1750-1980. London, NAG Press Ltd., 1981, p. 254 ill. ISBN 719800021

Labels and date

HOTEL TEASET Easi-Nest
Electroplated nickel silver
Birmingham, 1946
Designed by Cyril Shiner
Made by Slade and Dolphin Ltd

This compact teaset is made up of a teapot, hot water jug, sugar bowl and milk jug. Every aspect of the design of this service has been very carefully thought through. Each piece of the service stacks neatly one on top of the other so that it can be stored compactly as one piece in the restricted space of a commercial hotel pantry. Furthermore, the lids swing back 180 degrees allowing the pots to drain easily when stored on drying racks.
Cyril Shiner (1908-89) was a major British silversmith and industrial designer of the mid-twentieth century. He also enjoyed an excellent reputation as gifted teacher and craftsman.

M.30-33-2001 [26/11/2003]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Electroplating

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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