The wonderful thing about blogging is that writing a blog post about a topic can lead to interesting discussions in the comments and lovely emails from readers who want to share their own story. When I wrote about Picquot Ware back in 2015, I couldn’t have imagined how many comments that post would receive and all the lovely connections I would make.
Since then, I’ve published more posts containing readers’ photos of a rare coffee percolator and the Picquot Ware guarantee and instructions that another collector sent to me via email. My blog has become a little ‘hub’ of all things Picquot Ware and I even wrote about the brand for Issue 30 of Reclaim magazine in 2018.
Recently I received an interesting email from Peter, who offered to share his tips for cleaning and renovating a Picquot Ware teapot. The ideas he shared were so handy that I’m excited to share them with you today. Plus, he sent over some images of the Picquot Ware range and price list, which I’ll share below.
Peter and his wife received their first piece of Picquot Ware for Christmas in 1958. Peter describes the teapot as “a beautiful item in every respect” and the couple used it at least three times a day for the next 45 years or so.
PETER’S TIPS FOR CLEANING THE TEAPOT
“I periodically cleaned the interior by putting 2 or 3 teaspoons full of washing powder into the pot, filling it with boiling water, and leaving it overnight, and sometimes repeating it the following night. It worked well but I then had to make sure that the holes in the filter at the bottom of the spout were not blocked. I did this by using a very small Phillips screwdriver, inserting the point very gently into the hole, and then giving it a quarter turn. Do not push the screwdriver right through the hole as you could cause some damage. Once you have cleared all the holes just push a small cylindrical brush down the spout, fill the pot with water then pour it out and any small loose debris will be expelled and the spout will pour as it should.”
PRICELIST AND PRODUCT DETAILS
Peter also sent me some photographs of some interesting Picquot Ware paperwork. After a holiday in Scotland in 2003/2004 Peter and his wife discovered more information about Picquot Ware thanks to the independent shops in Castle Douglas.
“Speaking to a staff member we learned that these items could be bought individually and old items could be refurbished. She gave me the telephone number of the company named Staffordshire Halloware at Walsall. After returning home I telephoned the company and asked for full details of the articles, together with a price list, and details of any shop in Lincolnshire stocking the items. I was informed that Lambs of St. Mary Street in Stamford stocked these goods. A few days later I received from the manufacturer an advertising sheet complete with a poem on the reverse side and a separate price list.”
“We then decided we would have our then current teapot refurbished by the company and travelled to Lambs at Stamford to ask them to arrange for this to be done. A few weeks later our original teapot was returned having been refurbished. It looked brand new having been cleaned, polished and fitted with new wood handles.”
PETER’S TIPS FOR REFURBISHING THE TEAPOT
“First I cleaned the inside, especially the filter holes, then, using sandpaper I cleaned all the woodwork down to the bare wood and then covered it with masking tape to protect it from the polish I was about to use on the metal. I started this task by using Silvo polish and it was pretty good but then my son brought me a tube of Autosol Metal Polish. It is made in Germany but can be purchased in the U.K. It worked like magic and gave the metal a brilliant shine, so much so that I used it on all the other pieces of Picquotware.”
“I then removed the tape protecting the woodwork but because the screws securing the wood to the metal were set in deep recesses and covered by a metal cap I decided, because of the possibility of damage, not to try to remove them. Instead, I pushed a small amount of Blue Tack onto the brass cap to protect it while applying the wood stain inside the recess. I then wiped the bare wood with white spirit and then, using a very small paint brush, I applied 3 coats of wood stain, namely Satin Antique Pine which is marketed by the company that claims “It does what it says on the tin”. It really is almost a perfect match with the original colour. Remove Blue Tack, Job Done.”
I am really grateful to Peter sharing his tips and for sending over photographs of the original Picquot Ware papaerwork. It’s so interesting to see the price list and the range of products available.