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Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries

Easi-Nest

Milk Jug
1946 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This milk jug is part of an Easi-Nest compact tea service made up of a teapot, sugar bowl and hot water jug. The fact that it was intended for use in commercial catering, such as hotels, has strongly influenced the design.

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. The lids swing back 180 degrees allowing the pots to drain easily when stored on drying racks.

Cyril Shiner (1908-89), who designed the tea service, was a major British silversmith and industrial designer. He also enjoyed an excellent reputation as gifted teacher and craftsman.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Electroplated nickel silver
Brief description
Hotel milk jug in electroplate for Slade & Dolphin Ltd. Birmingham. Designed by Cyril Shiner, 1946.
Physical description
This milk jug is one component of a stacking service (along with M.30-2001, M.31-2001 & M.32-2001). 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 sugar basin when stacked.

The upper rim is a narrow, inverted flange. The handle, ‘D’ shaped in profile with a flat top is of metal strip and soldered to the side wall of the body. The small everted spout, similar to that on the hot water jug, is just below the upper rim and diametrically opposite the handle.
Dimensions
  • Width: 8.50cm
  • Height: 6.00cm
  • Length: 13.00cm
Production typeMass produced
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.)
Gallery label
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)
Credit line
Purchased with assistance from the Yorke-Radleigh Trust Fund
Object history
This service was designed by Cyril Shiner for Slade and Dolphin and was later used by Saunders & Co Ltd. The price is for the complete set.
Production
Reason For Production: Retail
Summary
This milk jug is part of an Easi-Nest compact tea service made up of a teapot, sugar bowl and hot water jug. The fact that it was intended for use in commercial catering, such as hotels, has strongly influenced the design.



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. The lids swing back 180 degrees allowing the pots to drain easily when stored on drying racks.



Cyril Shiner (1908-89), who designed the tea service, was a major British silversmith and industrial designer. He also enjoyed an excellent reputation as gifted teacher and craftsman.
Associated objects
Bibliographic references
  • 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
Collection
Accession number
M.33-2001

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Record createdSeptember 20, 2001
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