Sadler OKT42 Teapots

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Beswick Teapots

Bus, Caravan and Nippy Boat

Associated with the OKT42 teapots are the caravan, bus and boat by the Beswick pottery.  Because they use the same pre-war green, yellow, ivory primary colourways as the early teapots they are often listed as Sadler output.  In addition the caravan has a registration JAM 42 and the bus is T44 which further associates them with the Sadler teapots.  All these items are scarce and a true comparison of rarity between different colours is difficult.

Bus or Charabanc Teapot

The bus is listed in the Charlton Standard catalogue of Beswick Pottery as being designed by a Mr Watkin and was available 1938 to 1954.  The examples seen have the shape pattern number 576 and MADE IN ENGLAND stamped on the underside below the glaze.  There is no manufacturer’s mark.  However, some have the decorator’s identification number in black glaze painted on the underside.  Only the green and yellow colourways have been seen but ivory can well exist.  

Beswick Pottery Bus or Charabanc Teapot

The bus has mudguards, coachlines, ventilator and registration T44 (rear only) in silver lustre or black.  It is suspected that the silver examples are pre-war whilst the black was applied in the post-war austerity.  It can be seen that the lustre examples have more coach lining than the black ones, for example around the lid and radiator.

Beswick pottery Bus or Charabanc Teapot

 

Length cm

Width cm

Value

Bus Green value black or lustre similar

21.2

9.5

500

Bus Yellow value black or lustre similar

21.2

9.5

600

CARAVAN (PRESERVE)

The caravans are the easiest to find of this group and are often ‘towed’ behind OKT42 teapots albeit there is a scale difference.  The standard Charlton catalogue says that caravans were designed by Mr Watkin and were available 1938 – 1954.  All three colourways green, yellow and ivory have been seen. 

Beswick pottery caravans

Yellow and green are equally scarce, ivory is even scarcer.  Shape number 577 and MADE IN ENGLAND is stamped on the underside beneath the glaze.  The coachline swirls, roof outline and ventilator can be found in silver lustre or black glaze however the registration JAM42 seemingly is always in black. 

Beswick pottery caravans

Similarly the small tow bars at both ends of the caravan are always silver even where all the rest of the decoration is in black.

 

Length cm

Width cm

Value

Green black or lustre similar value

12.0

7.0

250

Yellow black or lustre similar value

12.0

7.0

250

Ivory black or lustre similar value

12.0

7.0

300

NIPPY BOAT (PRESERVE)

I always assumed the boat to be an ashtray with a scoop at the rear for a lighted cigarette and the hatch lifting off as the top of the cigarette storage.  However, the Charlton Beswick catalogue lists this as a preserve dish, Shape number 590/610.  No doubt these references were taken from the company archives so I will describe as a preserve dish.  Again this is listed as being designed by Mr Watkin in 1938 and was available 1938 – 1954. 

Beswick pottery nippy boat

All examples seen have silver lustre decoration.  Possibly the Nippy was only made pre-war?  But these speedboats are so rare that it is highly likely that black decoration exists.  There is no ‘registration’ mark on this boat but it has the name Nippy on either side of the bow.   On the speedboats I have seen there is normally nothing stamped on the underside but on an example recently sold on eBay the shape code 590 was applied.  In some cases a decorator’s mark was added.

Beswick pottery nippy boat

 

Length cm

Width cm

Value

Nippy Green with silver lustre

21.4

9.5

400

Nippy Ivory with silver lustre

21.4

9.5

400

Nippy Yellow with silver lustre

21.4

9.5

500

 

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