Vintage Art Deco Silverplate and Bakelite Server for Cream Coffee or Tea circa 1920s 1930s
Just tea for two and two for tea, Just me for you and you for me alone... Irving Caesar song, Tea For Two, 1924
This handsome art deco style server would have been the exact companion piece to accompany your tea and coffee service set. Made of heavy (1.25lbs!) silver plate and accented with a black bakelite knob and handle, it comfortably holds one cup of liquid. After doing much research on this little darling we are uncertain still if its original function was to operate as a covered creamer or as an individual-sized coffee or teapot. In any case, it certainly is up to all three tasks.
Made in a timelessly classic shape, the handle combines both modern aesthetics in its bakelite construction and also a bit of antique flair (that little thumb rest that is so often seen on antique teacups). The combination of the two, plus its gently sweeping curves make this a beautiful piece of art as well as a beautiful server.
Unmarked as to maker or manufacturer, we are unable to attribute this rare piece to any one specific person or place at this time but most likely it came as part of a set with several other matching serving pieces. Bakelite was an exciting new product in the 1920s and 1930s, which was invented by Leo Hendrik Baekeland in 1907, and by the early to mid-1900s could be seen on all sorts of domestic products, including a plethora of kitchenware.
- Fully operational condition
- Lid hinge works smoothly
- Tarnished to perfection
- Strong and very sturdy condition
- Silverplate with bakelite handle & knob
This is in lovely vintage condition. Naturally and authentically tarnished over time. Both handle, lid and knob are securely attached to base. The interior is clean but does contain some staining discoloration due to time and age.
Measures 4.5" inches (height- from base to top of handle) x 4" inches (width) and weighs 1.25lbs.
This creamer looks lovely when paired with this antique black Nippon sugar bowl, not only for their complementary color palette but also for their visual interest and juxtaposition.