Vintage 1930s Sadler Racing Car OKT42 Teapot Ivory and Chrome Retro kitsch
This fabulous Art Deco, vintage, Sadler, racing car, teapot was manufactured in the 1930s. This example is in ivory, one of the original colours produced, with chrome details. The logo of OKT42 (OK tea for two) is on the front number plate and T42 on the back. This lovely, Art Deco, teapot is very collectible today and in high demand - it's also getting harder to find without any significant damage.
On the underneath of the teapot there is the impressed mark, 'Made in England' and 'Registered number 820236'. These 2 marks indicate that this is an early version, pre-war, teapot, as the later, post-war, teapots had the Sadler makers mark printed on the bottom. We think this is a gorgeous piece of Art Deco era kitchenware, as well as being of interest to racing car enthusiasts and novelty item collectors.
There are no chips, cracks or restoration, but, as you would expect from a teapot of this age, there is crazing and wear to the glaze, as well as wear on the chrome detailing on the car. The racing driver's head does have wear, as it serves as the handle of the teapot, so has obviously had more use. There is crazing inside the teapot and some staining from the tea over the years. There are a couple of very small grey spots in the glaze, which happened in the manufacturing process. Please check all our photos and you can zoom in for more detail.
James Sadler & Sons Ltd was a British pottery manufacturer based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. It was established in 1882 by James Sadler, The company is perhaps most famous for its range of novelty-shaped teapots produced from the 1930s onwards. The racing car teapots were first made in 1937, and production of the first batch lasted until the outbreak of World War II when production at the factory was switched to essential war work. They resumed work in 1945, and continued to manufacture the racing car teapots until 1952.