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  • Teapot
    Arthur Stansfield Dixon, born 1856 - died 1929
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  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (designed and made)

  • Date:

    1900-1901 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arthur Stansfield Dixon, born 1856 - died 1929 (designer)
    Birmingham Guild of Handicraft (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, wooden handle, hinged lid

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mrs Elsie Bambridge

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Birmingham Guild of Handicraft was established in 1890 by local admirers of Ruskin and Morris, with Montague Fordham as one of the first directors. The Guild employed about 20 craftsmen and occupied a medieval building, Kyrle Hall, in Sheep Street in Birmingham. Pressure of work forced the Guild to expand and in 1895, it became a limited company. Arthur Dixon (1856-1929), the metalworker, was the chief designer for the Guild and he wrote a summary of the Guild’s aims and ideals for <font –i>The Quest</font> (Vol. II), a quarterly magazine hand printed on the premises in Sheep Street. In 1910, financial problems were resolved by amalgamation with the metalworking firm of E.& R. Gittins, who made fine jewellery as well as the architectural metalwork in which the Guild specialised.

Physical description

Teapot, silver with stained wooden handle and knop to the lid. The body swelling towards the top, the circular, domed lid attached to the body by a hinge at the rear, the circular foot soldered to the body at the base.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (designed and made)


1900-1901 (designed and made)


Arthur Stansfield Dixon, born 1856 - died 1929 (designer)
Birmingham Guild of Handicraft (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, wooden handle, hinged lid

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmarks for 1900-01

Mark of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft


Height: 13.5 cm, Length: 21.0 cm, Width: 13.5 cm

Object history note

Originally acquired and used for many years by Mrs Rudyard Kipling and given to the V&A by her daughter, Mrs Elsie Bambridge.

Descriptive line

Teapot, silver with stained black wooden handle and knop, Birmingham hallmarks for 1900-01, mark of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, probably designed by Arthur Dixon


Silver; Wood


Raising; Soldering; Staining


Metalwork; Silver; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Production Type

small batch


Metalwork Collection

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