English Art Deco silver tea service-Sheffield 1935.
The maker Joseph Rodgers & Sons produced a few of these in silver plate and they are marked with a British registered design number. Interestingly there have been two recorded design numbers stamped onto them. The first is RD.804678 while the second is RD.805653. In ‘Design for Today’, November 1935, Volume III, No 31, page 447 this set is illustrated. The accompanying description reads: “A tea service of original design by Joseph Rogers & Sons. Tea pot shown in the centre pours well and easily. On the left combined sugar and cream jug, the last drop of cream can be poured without upsetting the sugar.” This silver version carries the full set of silver hallmarks for Sheffield 1935 and the maker’s marks for Joseph Rodgers & Sons. There is no British registered design number, showing it was produced before the registered design number had been issued. Currently it is the only silver version recorded and may well have been the prototype.