Sadler OKT42 Teapots

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Early Cold Painted Sadler OKT42 Teapots

It is believed that the racing car teapot designed by Cyril Lancaster commenced in 1935 (See Sadler Revival).  Other sources say the earliest date is 1937. The early art deco pots were cold painted over the original clear glaze and combination colours green/orange/black/grey or red/black/white were used sometimes with silver lustre highlights.   Here are three early teapots with variations of colouring and lustre.
      

Examples of an early cold painted Sadler OKT42 teapots

A silver lustre radiator, hub caps, sidelights and registration was used on the examples illustrated.  It can be seen that the example in the middle has a registration OK1937 instead of the usual OKT42.

Example of an early cold painted Sadler OKT42 teapot

This 1937 example is unusual in that the driver’s face is also painted underneath the clear glaze, similar to some of the Sadler Tank teapots.  It has been said that the 1937 teapot was a special issue for the Coronation of King George VIth.See later use of blanks and copies with OK1937 registration.

The cold painting of these early pots is very prone to chipping.  On the underside of all three pots the only markings are the indented standard Sadler Registered Number teapot identification.  (This is transferred from an upstand on the mould).

Example standard Sadler OKT42 teapot registration number

These early cold painted pots are extremely scarce and in forty years of collecting I am aware of less than 7 examples.  These pots have strainers which are somtimes different to the 5 hole standard colourway teapots.  In order to lessen the risk of copies of these cold painted teapots I will keep this information to myself.

Even more scarce are the red and black (no lustre) sets of cold painted teapot, milk and sugar pots.  I have only seen two sets (and a solo teapot).  One set is illustrated (Black and white photograph) on page 178 of John Zolomij’s book THE MOTOR CAR IN ART and the other set is in my collection.

Examples of an early cold painted Sadler OKT42 teapot set

Example of an early cold painted Sadler OKT42 teapot set    Example of an early cold painted Sadler OKT42 teapot set

It can be seen that both sets have painted driver’s faces, but there are differences in the painting of the car bonnet.  Interestingly the teapot has the standard Registered Number impressed mark on the base.  The milk jug and sugar basin do not have this mark but have a Sadler banner mark on the underside.

Length cm

Width cm

Value

 

Ivory lustre

23

11.5

40

Green lustre

23

11.5 

50

Yellow lustre

 23

 11.5 

70

Blue lustre

23 

 11.5 

100

Pink lustre

 23

 11.5 

120

Plain colourway no lustre

23

11.5

40 up

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