Picquot Ware British Tea Kettle Vintage Retro Modernist Mens Fathers Gifts Presents English 1950s 1960s
Vintage Picquot Ware 1960s British English Tea Kettle
Stunning stove top tea kettle with cool Mid Century styling.
Made in Northampton, England. The writing on this kettle’s base indicates that it is a 1950s model.
The kettle is the rarest piece in the Picquot Ware range.
It holds 3.5 pints and is 18cm high to the top of the handle.
Would make a fantastic display item. If you do choose to use it, then it is probably best suited to a gas hob which it was originally designed for. This is because it won't work on induction and, due to its age, its base is not 100% flat so may not produce an optimal performance on a ceramic hob.
Very good used vintage condition.
The metal shine is very good. It has some marks and pitting to the metal work as can be seen in the photos.
The woodwork condition is in very good vintage condition with some signs of age. The handle has a very good original shine.
It is clean inside but has wear from decades of loyal service dedicated to bringing the British nation its favourite beverage!
About Picquot Ware
The Picquot Ware range was decades ahead of its time style-wise. It was designed in England 1947 (the kettle design may be even older) and made in a metal works that had made parts for aircraft during the war, possibly including Spitfires. They would have been made by the same skilled craftsmen who had played such a vital role in Britain’s war effort, and in the same moulds that had made those aircraft parts. Who knows, there would have been aircraft parts that would have no longer been required in the Summer of 1945, so some of them may even have been melted down to make those first tea sets!
It is made of an aluminum alloy developed specifically for the range, that polishes up beautifully whilst retaining that lovely vintage patina - use Autosol or similar aluminium polish. Picquotware was mould cast in one piece to minimise leaks when pouring, with the spout designed to be non-drip. The solid consultation is excellent at retaining heat. The handle is made of sycamore wood. When plastic became fashionable in the 1950s they resisted changing to the new, low maintenance material because nothing is as good as wood!
Picquot Ware was often extremely well used (the Brits love their tea!!) and picked up many bashes and scratches in the line of duty! As a result it is inevitable that Picquot Ware will carry signs of use but this is its patina and makes each piece unique.
The range was in production in the same Northampton factory from 1947 until production ceased in 1980. It underwent subtle minor updates during its 33 years of production.
The Picquotware range was marketed in high end stores such as Heals in London and was a luxury item in its day. An affordable classic of quality mid century engineering and design at its best.
Note that we have attempted to show and state the condition as accurately as possible but this is a pre-loved, vintage item and some minor signs of age and/or use are to be expected. There may also be slight variations in the colours shown due to lighting, the camera lens and the device the image is viewed through.