Sunday, 4 October 2009

World War II export coffee set

During the war plain utility ware was produced for the British market. For export, however, patterns were still developed. This coffee set appears in Heal's portfolio for export to North America and is rarely seen. It is characterised by a dark grey lid and pale pink handles.

The pieces have intriguing incised numbers to the base: the sugar bowl 212X85, the cups 231X85, the pot 232X85 and the saucers 233X85. Each piece has an impressed star indicating a factory trial and the impressed 'Poole England' mark.

A very rare and unusual set.

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