1950s Picquot Ware & my tips for polishing metal

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I thought that today’s blog post was just going to be about polishing up silverware and that I would be able to share a straightforward set of tips on how to bring your old teapot back to life. However, while I was polishing my pots, I turned them over and found a name stamped into the base – Picquot Ware. I was intrigued and after buffing up my DIY polishing project I headed indoors to investigate.

*** Update – new post just published containing the original Picquot Ware instructions, range & guarantee ***

*** Update – new photos of the rare Picquot Ware Coffee Percolator are now on the blog ***

DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapotMy husband found these kitchenalia items at a recent carboot sale and I loved the shape as soon as I saw them. I adored the curvy design and I imagined it to be the kind of tea set that might have been used to serve passengers on the Titanic or on a Mallard steam train journey in the 1940s. DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-7I’ve since researched the range online and have seen the Picquot Ware set described as 1940s, 50s and 60s, so I can’t be sure exactly how old my tea set is but I’m delighted that it will be another addition to my mid-century modern collection. From my research I found out that the 40s items of this design were marked “Newmaid” and were later stamped with Picquot Ware in the 50s and 60s. My pots all have Picquot Ware on the base along with a Made in England stamp so we’re look at a manufacturing date of 1950s onwards for my set. DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-3DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-4This jug was apparently used as a water pitcher or coffee pot rather than a tea pot (a traditional shape teapot is available within the same range) so I’d say that my tea set is actually more of a ‘coffee set’ if there’s such a thing! I’d love to find the teapot to match and turn it into a proper tea set, although judging by the stains on the inside of my coffee pitcher, it has been used for tea in the past. DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-6DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-17I actually saw a Picquot Ware hob kettle online but it was selling for around £100 so I don’t think I’ll be getting my hands on one anytime soon, unless I happen to stumble upon it at a carboot sale! From my research I have discovered that the full sets are very pricey – with full range of teapots, trays, kettles and jugs available – but individually they are worth around £20 each.DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-14The coffee pot is made of “Magnailium”, an alloy of manganese and aluminium that was especially developed for the Picquot Ware range. The pot is cast in one piece to minimise leaks when pouring and even the spout was designed to be ‘non-drip’ so this must have been a key feature of the product at the time. Perhaps the ‘modern housewife’ didn’t need the hassle of washing drip stains out of the tablecloth when there was a war to fight and country to rebuild? DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-5DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-16Even though many similar products were being produced with plastic handles at the time, this coffee pot was manufactured with a sycamore wood handle. The designers of Picquot Ware believed that that no plastic could imitate the grain of real wood so they stuck with a traditional material for the handle. It’s a really chunky solid pot and it is about 7 1/4 inches high. The accompanying sugar bowl and milk jug are just as chunky, with a good thickness to the walls of the items, although they are nowhere near as thick and heavy as the pot.DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-9DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-10Anyway, if you too have found some old pots at the carboot sale that you simply must have here are my tips for bringing them back to their former glory:

  • Clean them thoroughly with hot, soapy water. This won’t damage them as they’ve probably been washed hundreds of times over the years of use!
  • Dry them thoroughly with an old tea towel. It’s possible that some of the residual dirt will rub off onto your towel so be prepared for this.
  • Using a cloth, apply a small amount of metal polish to the item. I picked up this tube of metal polish from the pound shop.DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-11 DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-12
  • Buff the metal polish into the surface using small, circular movements to really work it into the surface grime
  • Wipe away and admire the smooth shiny surface while being shocked at just how mucky your polishing cloth now is!
  • Wash again in hot, soapy water before using it for any drinks.

DIY polishing midcentury modern silvertea set picquot ware teapot-13It took a lot of polishing to bring my Picquot Ware back to a sparkling shine but I actually enjoyed the process. It was really satisfying to remove all the build up of grime that had accumulated over decades. Okay, they won’t ever be showroom perfect after years of use but I’m pretty chuffed with how the tea set now looks.midcentury modern picquot ware teapot coffee set

***Update – new post just published containing the original Picquot Ware instructions, range & guarantee ***

*** Update – new photos of the rare Picquot Ware Coffee Percolator now published on the blog ***

Have you too ever bought something that you later found out was a vintage piece or retro classic? Did you worry about using it more after you researched it and found out that it was particularly old or valuable? Let me know what you think of my new tea set and whether I should actually use it or just keep it safe and pretty in my teak sideboard. Leave me a comment below or tweet me @Cassiefairy.

 

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

77 Comments

  1. I love my Picquot Ware Kettle, just one problem it is so quiet when it is heating and comes to the boil, a steady stream of steam is the only clue to the fact that the water is boiling. So I bought a “boil alert” disc. For just a few pounds I have solved the problem. Now there is less chance of it boiling dry or the water boiling for too long.

  2. So glad I found your page. My parents received a Picot ware teapot as a wedding present in 1952 which I always loved as a child because of its lovely wooden handle and unusual shape. I recently saw a hot water jug, sugar bowl and milk jug on EBay so just had to have them, I had no idea other pieces were available. I love using them now as they are so unusual and I always get loads of comments….and it’s a wonderful way to remember my parents, every time I pour a cup of tea. Long live Picot Ware!

  3. Anton – to clean the inside of a picquot ware teapot put a dishwasher tablet in and leave to soak overnight. I learned this tip off my Mum she’s had one for 45 years which she inherited from her grandmother and mine was inherited from my grandmother 20 years ago. They are both in regular use and therefore this tip has been well tested.

    • That’s a handy cleaning tip Andrea, I’ve never tried this but will give it a go! Thanks for sharing your well-tested advice 🙂

  4. Hi, Can anyone help with Sue’s question? She asked:

    “I was poking the strainer holes which were blocked and rusty and then the strainer disintegrated.
    Any ideas how to replace strainer inside?”

    Photos of the strainer and teapot can be found here: http://cassiefairy.com/picquot-ware-teapot-2/ and here http://cassiefairy.com/picquot-ware-teapot-1/

    Please leave a comment if you can help, thanks! 🙂

  5. Hello, It’s so nice to meet another Piquot-ware addict. I bought my first item (the kettle) in 1955 or 6, later adding the teapot, jug & lidded sugar bowl unfortunately in one of my many moves the jug & sugar bowl have been lost. However, my teapot is in regular use and the kettle sits at the end of my Rayburn. The teapot keeps beautifully shiny with a wash and a polish with an E-Cloth for stainless steel, it works very well. Th kettle is in pretty bad shape, in serious need of TLC which is why I was so pleased to find your site, I now know what to do to bring it back to life.

    • Lovely to meet you too! Thanks for getting in touch, so pleased to hear that your teapot is still in regular use 🙂

  6. Here’s a little tip about polishing Picquot Wear, especially those little areas that are difficult to get at. My arthritic hands ran out of strength before I’d managed to get my pots really shiny. Some water marked areas were proving very stubborn. I gave it a lot of thought. I have always kept old tooth brushes and even now that I have an electric tooth brush I keep the old brushes …even though I’ve not really found them useful. Now a little metal polish on a well used soft brush head on the electric handle and the job was done successfully! I’m delighted.

  7. I bought a Picquot Ware set off ebay after seeing a set as one of the items on Bargain Hunt. I loved the form of them and needed a better teapot. I have ignored the collectability of this range and had them in active service for over three years. The teapot is the best I have ever owned, used daily and never drips (why do teapots made 60 years later drip)? The sugar bowl i have is also a fantastic design. I like the set so much I have bought a second set for my mother and lobbed her old teapot in the bin!

    I will have a go at cleaning my set as you described. Have you cleaned the inside of the teapot as mine is rather grubby and the metal didn’t seem to like the bleach I tried in it?

    Anton

  8. I Remember being with my mother when she bought her Picquot Wear tea pot, hot water jug, sugar bowl and milk jug in 1969. The man said that they would last a life time. When my mum died in 1980 I foolishly let the tea pot and hot water jug go. My aunt took the milk jug and sugar bowl. She had the small size tea pot and water jug. When she died in 1991 I kept them all. Then I bought a new tea pot on eBay, then another small teapot. At the time ( early 2000’s) you could still have them refurbished in Scotland, it was costly but oh so worth it. I chatted with the boss who said he had tried to persuade the workers to start up a refurbishing company on their own, but they were not keen. He also told me that I was lucky to have two of the smaller teapots as the mould had been broken and there would be no more of them. So I have one perfect set and one that needs polishing. My advice is once it’s clean and shiny polish it with a tea towel after every use both inside and out. Never leave them wet or even damp. I read about using Coke Cola to clean stainless steal so I tried using it insid the pots. It was helpful inside the water pot but did little for the tea pot. Lately I bought another set on ebay all I wanted was the tray, my friend was happy to have the tea set. I must stop buying! But I’d love a kettle. Re the handles. So far I haven’t had to replace any but when the varnish wears out I use glass paper and carefully remove the remaining varnish then revarnish with a marine quality varnish. I think we should form an Afternoon Picquot Wear Tea Club! If any one wants to sell a kettle I’m in the market!

    • Polishing with a tea towel after every use is a great idea 🙂 Amazing that you have one of the smaller teapots – that must be quite a rare find!

  9. I got mine picquot tea pot made of my birth year too…With all tags n instructions.its a wedding gifts from previous owner

  10. Just bought a full set. This is so helpful! Thanks

  11. Hello there thanks for this just bought a Piquet teapot at a car-boot just like you and need to clean it so your instructions
    were very useful. An you also told me about it as when I type in New Maid Teaware nothing came up on the net.
    Thank you once again.

  12. Metal polish. Cassie tells us in this blog how she restored the shine to the Picquot ware that she bought, and she’s also posted an image of the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions at
    http://i2.wp.com/cassiefairy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Picquot-Ware-Cleaning-instructions.jpg

  13. I put my picquot jug in the dishwasher and it came out dull how do i get the shine back ?>

  14. I just bought a teapot . Let me know if you are interested. If you are I will post a picture and the price.

  15. Hi I have enjoyed reading comments. I have I presume my grandmothers Piquot T6 and J6, perhaps brought outfrom Scotland. We used to use the teapot but not for along time now. I also put them through the dishwasher due to mould spores. The timber handles have held up ok. The teapot handle had always had a crack and loose varnish.
    Just wondering since I read they are alumimium does anyone worry about using them now. I certainly prefer not too.

  16. My parents had (have) that set from new including the tea pot which is shorter and wider than the coffee pot. Looks like yours came up good after the cleaning. I have a vintage espresso machine to clean up so will need to go buy some polish.

  17. Hi everyone,

    I’ve just published a new Picquot Ware blog post with photos of Robyn’s rare coffee percolator – follow this link: http://cassiefairy.com/2016/05/18/picquot-ware-the-coffee-percolator/

    Thanks! 🙂

  18. Hi Cassie I have a coffee percolator and would like to post a photo for you if you would like to see one .they are quite rare .. what is the best way to do this .
    Thanks

  19. hi I’m looking for help my husband put my picquet tea set in dish washer now need to find out how to restore handles have taken a a bad hit will be able to polish up metal but not sure what to do about handles any ideas.

    • If this had happened a year or two ago you might have been able to pick up replacement handles from Picquotware UK. The only replacement handles now for Picquot Ware that I’ve seen are two kettle handles, on offer on eBay (but not for long) – http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/webst-szilv

      You might be very lucky and find some more handles but I doubt it.

  20. Just a quick update – I’ve kindly been sent the original Picquot Ware instruction leaflet which contains images of the collection plus the guarantee and cleaning information – it’s on the blog here: http://cassiefairy.com/2016/04/07/picquot-ware-instructions-guarantee-information/

    Thanks to everyone for continuing the conversation, it’s great to piece together all the information on the company and the designs 🙂

  21. A dealer in ephemera on the Isle of Wight has got two invoices from Burrage & Boyde, issued in 1953, which list the Picquot Ware product range at that date and also show the wholesale and retail prices for two items –
    – Style k3 3 Pint Kettle
    – Style T6 6 Cup Teapot (£1-11s-6d wholesale, £2-5s-0d retail)
    – Style J6 1 and 3/4 Pint Jug (£1-13s-3d wholesale; £2-7s-6d retail)
    – Style C6 1/2 Pint Cream Jug
    – Style S6 Sugar Bowl
    – Style R6 Serving Tray

    If you want to see images of the invoices, they’re at –
    https://www.ebid.net/us/for-sale/1953-burrage-boyde-ltd-northampton-9614-123924388.htm
    https://www.ebid.net/us/for-sale/burrage-boyde-ltd-northampton-5oct1953-123924841.htm

    There used to be a Picquot website but now if you try to go to http://www.picquot.co.uk you are presented with a page advertising Adidas footware – the site appears to have been hacked, so don’t go there.

    From an archived copy of that website (https://archive.is/1oRnQ) you can see that the product designations changed several times

    – the K3 kettle was the first product to be designed, in 1938, but production was delayed until after the war (1946-47, as the “Newmaid”). in 1951 the name was changed to ‘Picquot Ware’ for marketing purposes.
    – the T6 teapot followed in 1947-48
    – the J6 hot water jug, the C6 cream jug, the S6 sugar bowl and the R6 serving tray also appeared in 1949.

    “1952 saw the introduction of the T4 range consisting of the T4 teapot, the C4 cream Jug and the S4 sugar bowl. Also in the 50’s the method of production was changed leading to a slightly modified T6 teapot.

    In 1960 The TB range consisting of the TB teapot, the CB hot water jug, the CB cream Jug and the SB sugar bowl was introduced. This eventually replaced the T6 range. In 1962 a 4 cup teapot (TC4) and a 4 cup hot water jug (JC4) were added to the range.

    1970 saw a coffee percolator added to the range. Unfortunately this was a manufacturing nightmare and the line was discontinued after only making about 300 units.”

    So everyone who thinks they’ve got a coffee jug has probably bought instead a water jug.

    Of course, knowing that there were differing styles of kettle, teapot et al isn’t much use without pictures of the different styles.In the absence of product catalogues – and I think you’re going to have to be very lucky to find one – the best bet is to scour the online sales of Picquot Ware, where the Type is often illustrated by a photograph. Assuming the Type has been accurately stated you could build up a collection of photos and upload them somewhere so that anyone interested can compare what they’ve got against the different photos.

    I’ve checked some of the likely places that might have had records from Burrage and Boyde, but have drawn a blank. There’s nothing in the Northamptonshire Archives, the obvious place to have received any company records, so it’s likely that when the company folded everything was either thrown out, or – if left behind in the offices – went up in smoke when the whole place burned to the ground in 1987. It’s possible that some Burrage & Boyde papers could still be in the possession of the Burrage family – the chairman, Mr. Burrage, was still alive in the 1970s although by then probably not very active. His sons were then running the business.

    It’s a pity I didn’t keep the material I collected from B & B in 1968-69 for some project I was doing for A-level Economics. I’m sure one of the things I had was a product catalogue. I don’t think I held on to any of it once A-levels were finished.

    • Hi
      I have enjoyed reading all the comments . I have 2 sets of picquot ware , including one with the coffee percolator
      which is very rare . I have never seen another one . I works well and makes great coffee .

      • “I have 2 sets of picquot ware , including one with the coffee percolator which is very rare . I have never seen another one”

        Not many people will have seen one, because only 300 were made before production was discontinued (it was a “production nightmare”). Is there a way for you to post a picture of it here so we can all have a look at this rarity?

      • hi Peter id love to but i cant seem to link any images, if you send me your email id be more then happy to send some through to you to look at ,

      • Cassie will know how you can get pictures to display here – if, that is, it’s allowed. I think you need to upload pictures to somewhere like Dropbox and then provide a link to the location, but it’s not something I’ve tried. Cassie?

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  23. I have been trying to get in touch with the company in Scotland who do refurbishing of the teapots but with no luck. Has anyone been able to contact them recently? Many thanks.

    • I fear you won’t get an answer from them. The company – Picquotware UK Ltd of Dalry in North Ayrshire – seems to have done well enough for about 5 years, although it’s impossible to know how profitable it was. I found a succession of snapshots of the website’s home page on DomainTools, and this one from 2012 shows no signs of trouble –
      https://research.domaintools.com/research/screenshot-history/picquot.co.uk/#4

      But over the next 18 months or so there were successive small changes to the Home page that indicated perhaps all was not well, culminating in this sad message from Paul (the owner of Picquotware) on the Home page, captured on 1st October 2014 –
      “Picquotware is in financial difficulties at the moment and I am locked out of the factory …”
      https://research.domaintools.com/research/screenshot-history/picquot.co.uk/#0

      The latest info I have on the company says it is “Dissolved”. The poor man running it must have been devastated. If he’d been able to keep going a bit longer he would have picked up a lot of business from the resurgence of interest in all things Picquot-related.

    • @Anne Vallata, I posted the news about Picquotware UK a few days ago but it seems to have vanished.along with another post about Picquot ware types. Possibly because both posts included URL links. Basically : the receivers moved in about 18 months ago. The renewed interest in Picquot Ware (and the increased business refurbishing them) came just too late.

      • Okay, I don’t know what happened there but I can see the “missing” posts now.

      • Hi Peter, Many thanks for replying. I wondered if it was something like that. I live in Australia and had asked a friend who lives in Ayrshire to go on the hunt!! Looks like my teapots won’t be getting new handles after all. Thanks, Anne

  24. I live in canada and recd a set of picquot ware- teapot/ coffee pot /sugar bowl and cream pitcher on a tray as a wedding present in 1975. I found your website because my husband put the creamer in the dishwasher and it is almost black! and I thought I’d let you know that it was being sold in the 70’s with very similar styling. I’ve always loved the more modern styling which still works today- although the coffee pot is fairly useless! Hope the cleaning works-thank-you.

    • It is NOT a coffee port!! It is a British made TEA set, the taller pot is a WATER jug, to contain boiling water to top up the tea pot. I can understand your mistake as the water jug is the tall shape of your American coffee pot but British Piquot Ware designed and made a TEA set, tea pot, water jug, milk jug and sugar bowl. Best wishes, Jenny

      • Thanks for the info- it seems so obvious now that you mention it but I am NOT an American but a mostly coffee drinking Canadian!! ( my tea drinking grannie has passed and she was my tea drinking buddy )and the giver of the picquot set. My two cousins and I rec’d our sets for our weddings. I will have to let them know about the interest in case they wish to sell their sets. But I’m keeping mine!

  25. Hi. I’m collecting Picquot ware and ive got a tip for cleaning the inside of your teapot. Use half a scoop of vanish in your stained pot. Add some boiling water, not too much, about 1 inch or so and let it fizz. Keep your eye on it because it forms quite a froth which can leak out of the spout and that will need wiping straight away or it will mark the mettle. Leave it for 30 mins or so and pour out. If you do mark the mettle, not all is lost. It will come off with Silva polish but it takes alot of elbow grease and a couple of attempts.

  26. Well Cassie,I’ve started collecting Picquot and have started cleaning and polishing. Some pieces need the handles removed,and for some it’s easy, just simple screws, but others dont show conventionalscrew heads, just plain brass discs where a screwhead is expected. Does anyone know what sort of fastener lies beneath ? Is it a drive-in spiral pin, for example ? And how can they be taken out without destroying the handle ? Can anyone offer advice please ?

  27. Cassie, I’ve admired the beautiful design, quality and precision manufacture of Picquot Ware for a long time and your post prompted me to do something about it. I have now purchased some scruffy items to practice on, and in due course I’d like to collect the full range of designs; buying cheaply (I’m pensioner with limited funds) and restoring them for display. I’ve looked in vain for a listing of the various designs and changes made over time. Do you or any readers know where I can obtain old catalogues or other such reference material ?

    • That sound like a great idea Ken, hope your collecting goes well! I’ve never seen any catalogues but you’re right – some other readers might know where to find them & hopefully they will share in the comments section 🙂

    • I’ve tried aswell Ken. I read on line that the Scottish picquotware distributor has bought the rights and the moulds to the range. I have e mailed the company in Scotland and am waiting for a reply. I’ll keep you all informed.

      • Ooh great investigation work Lesley! It would be great if you could update us all if you hear back from Picquot Ware, thanks so much! 🙂

    • @Ken King – see my post of April 17th for design codes (eg T4, T6) and when changes were made. What that list needs though is a photo for each one so you can see how the look of the teapot and other items changed over time.

  28. I still have my original Newmaid set that I bought in the late ’60s or early 70’s in South Africa. It has been packed away for a few years so I was looking for cleaning tips. I seem to remember that we were told to wash with soap and hot water and not to polish it as it can scratch the surface. I am so surprised to see that it has become a collector’s item. We used to use it every day and it is not only attractive but does keep the tea hot longer and makes teatime a real pleasure. I may have to try some liquid polish to restore the high shine.

    • Wow, thanks for getting in touch Gail, I love to hear how long people have owned and used their favourite teapots! Totally agree that soap and hot water is the best way to keep Picquot Ware clean, I certainly wouldn’t want any to scratch their lovely set by using a scouring pad or anything like that, eek! The liquid polish with a soft cloth is probably the most gentle way to clean the outside, but maybe test it on the underside just in case! It made a real difference to my set because it was already such a mess and covered in scratches anyway so I didn’t mind testing it out. Thankfully, it looks much better now 🙂

  29. Like yourself, I’m a professional writer…see bobthebook.com. Shortly after my wife and me married in 1972 we bought a Piquot kettle and teapot from a shop in Petersfield. We still have, and use them both. My morning mug of tea is always made made in the Piqot teapot…..great souvenir of a happy marriage.

  30. The best to clean the inside of a piquot ware teapot is to put persil washing powder in and fill with boiling water leave a little space for expansion and leave overnight then rinse well it works a treat thats how they did it in the factory

  31. Hello,
    Do you know the name of the designer/s behind Picquot ware.

    • I always wondered where the name came from, and the “official” explanation that Picquot Ware is so called because it was designed by one Jean Picquot some time in the 1930s just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. If he ever existed he designed just these items and then faded into obscurity, a very unlikely fate.

      I’m afraid the explanation I found in a book entitled “Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements” is quite possibly correct, although it debunks the myth completely.

      “And then there was the label : ‘Designed by Jean Picquot. Fashioned by craftsmen’. Who was this designer I had never heard of, and who was not listed in the usual design references? He or she soon turned out to be the imaginary friend of the stolidly English-sounding manufacturer of the wares, Burrage & Boyde, a figment of suavity presumably conjured up in order to capitalize on the reputation aluminium had acquired in the hands of the innovative French.”

      The name Picquot is a gennuine French name; if you look for ‘Jean Picquot’ on Facebook or LinkedIn you’ll probably turn up one or two. But the true designer remains mysterious and hidden and therefore (England being snobbish and class-bound well into the 20th century) quite possibly one of Burrage and Boyde’s employees. One of the people posting here who worked there or had a family member who worked there could be a descendant of the original humble – but talented – designer. A nice thought.

  32. My husband has started collecting picquot wear, says it will be a good inheritance for my son! We have a load in boxes in the attic now. We were lucky to get a hob kettle from eBay for about £50 so he is very pleased with this. We weren’t sure what to use to clean it all, but I will get some metal polish & have a go.

  33. I’m glad these things are still so highly thought of; my father spent his entire working life (apart from a break during the war, when he was doing something mysterious connected with Spitfire production and anti-aircraft rockets) making Picquot ware. He was the foreman at the small foundry Burrage & Boyde had in Northampton, and in the days before proper instrumentation was developed it was all down to his skill and mastery to decide when the molten metal was at the right temperature for casting into the moulds. I used to go into the works sometimes, and it was a noisy, fiery, dangerous working environment. And yet out of it came these beautiful things – solid, functional, yet also graceful. No-one who hasn’t seen the process can appreciate the amount of work that went into finishing, polishing and burnishing each individual item, by hand. It’s a shame they went out of fashion, and the company struggled to sell them in its final years; on the day my father retired, the company closed down. In place of the pension he had paid in for for so many years, they gave him the contents of the company petty cash tin. So to everyone who treasures these pieces of Picquot ware, spare a thought for the master craftsmen (there was a small team) who poured the molten metal for each one by hand, in working conditions which now would not be tolerated, and did it because they were proud of what they could do.

    • Thank you for sharing this story about your father Peter, it’s so interesting to read about the process in the foundry. Such a shame the company went out of business, I wish Picquot ware was still being made because I’d love to have my own set professionally restored by the original company. Who knows, maybe your father actually made my Picquot ware?! Needless to say I’m very impressed, and proud to own some 🙂

    • Just out of interest Peter, do you have any pictures of any Picquot Ware that you managed to keep hold of? 🙂

      • You asked if I had any pictures of Picquot Ware : no,. or if I have the pictures are buried somewhere in the boxes that I haven’t unpacked yet. (I had a traumatic house move and the packing got rather chaotic. I’ve only just caught up with all the emails from a prolonged period offline). I have only two pieces of later Picquot Ware, both of them enamelled saucepans (never used). My brother is rumoured to have made off with a complete set when the house was cleared after my mother died, but no-one knows what if anything he took for safe-keeping. It’s in storage somewhere. My sisters have individual pieces, I’ll have to ask them if they can send photos.

    • Hello Peter, Thanks you for your lovely background information! It’d love have seen the process om making. I bought a water jug on my trip to scotland and absolutely fell in love with it. I’m trying to find out more about the alloy itself. On the care instructions leaflet it states that the pot is made out of ‘magnailium’, with two i’s. HoweverI can’t find any information about this alloy except when it comes to Picquet Ware itself. I can however find references to ‘Magnalium’ (with one i). Magnalium is made of aluminium with magnesium (chemical abbreviation: Mg). But the Picquot Ware is supposedly made of manganese (chemical abbreviation: Mn) and aluminium. Do you perhaps know which one it was: manganese or magnesium? Or maybe anyone else knows? Thanks in advance for any information.

  34. Great tips! I need to take my picquot ware out of the closet. I feel inspired to clean and polish all the pieces and use them again! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Barbara 🙂 I got a new ceramic teapot so haven’t been using it as much as I did but am going to get my Picquot Ware out again for the festive season 🙂

  35. I too am a huge fan of picquot ware. It has such style and the teapot, which I use every day, is the best pourer ever. There has never been a single drip. I have bought a few pieces from eBay and am trying to collect all of the different styles, I have got some really good prices. I love cleaning it and watching the shine gradually appearing.

    • Thanks for getting in touch Liz, so pleased to meet a fellow Picquot Ware enthusiast! I found a kettle at the weekend but it was too expensive and rather battered so I didn’t buy it – I’d rather keep an eye out for more bargains like you have 🙂

  36. Hi Cassie. Thanks for the advice on cleaning the set (I’d googled for this and your blog came up) as I was rather stumped!
    I’ve just bought a teapot, coffee pot, milk and lidded sugar bowl for £65 from eBay……..oh, and a tray. I’d trawled the Internet for a few nights looking for Piqiot Ware for my father’s birthday….an unusual present, but his favourite teapot has ‘had it’ and he won’t give it up unless I produce something similar…….I may stuff the ubiquitous pair of socks in the parcel as well!!
    Thanks again for your blog, and Happy Writing
    Gill (Cumbria)

    • Thanks Gill so pleased that this blog post has helped you with cleaning the Piquot Ware for your fathers birthday, fingers crossed he loves it! 😀

  37. hi, i just found your info about picquot ware, i’m just starting to look for this set, as my mother had one for years, and the association just makes me think of home. after my mother died, most of the set went to ‘live’ at my oldest sister’s home, she’s quite the collector. i did, however, grab the sugar bowl, which is very different to yours. i decided to post here, because i wanted to advise you to check out the model of sugar bowl that i have. it’s by far the best design of sugar container that i’ve ever seen or tried, as it keeps sugar dry like no other one that i’ve seen, and is really simple to access sugar, too, as the lid that it has just flips up when you want it to. wendy.

    • Thanks Wendy, glad to hear from a fellow Picquot Ware fan! I’ve seen the sugar pots with the lids before, will definitely consider investing in one if it is that good at keeping sugar dry 🙂 thanks for getting in touch x

      • My mum worked for burrage and boyd in adnitt rd northampton and we all still proudly own piquot ware. She did the invoicing and a t6 teapot cost £24 7/6 in 1959 considering that a skilled worker there earned around £15 a week they were a very expensive item and only the well healed could afford a full set. They were always sent back to the factory to be re polished. Its nice to see that people are still enjoying them. My mum was given a t6 teapot by messrs burrage n boyd for her wedding present which she uses everyday not bad after 54 years. the k3 kettle is rare as manufacture stopped during the war when the factory went into munitions production and was never resumed. They also produced a range of non electric vacuum cleaners called newmaid which are excellent and are well worth getting your hands on

      • Thanks for your lovely comment I really enjoy reading more about history of Picquot ware, I had no idea it was such a luxury item! Thanks also for the cleaning tip, I definitely need this advice haha! X

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