Category Archives: 1930s

Jeeves in the Kitchen: Brown Betty Teapot

Bertie Wooster (Hugh Laurie) and Jeeves (stephen Fry) in the kitchen.

When Jeeves serves tea to Bertie it is usually from a silver tea pot and fine bone China. When Jeeves has his own tea in the kitchen it is brewed in a brown betty teapot and  poured into plain white tea cups as seen in the foreground of the screen capture here.

Jeeves in the Kitchen

The teapot used on the Jeeves and Wooster set appears to be a Price Bros. teapot similar to the one below.

Price Bros. Teapot

This is a circa 1930s teapot by Price Brothers with a motled/marbled glaze and two beige marbled bands at the top marked Price Bros Made in England. I see a similar one on eBay uk this week: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brown-VINTAGE-Striped-PRICE-BROTHERS-Teapot-Made-In-ENGLAND-/263223522878

 

Bertie Wooster’s Glass Bowl

Tea is served at Bertie Wooster's Flat

In this screen capture from Jeeves and Wooster  we see an interesting  glass bowl on the coffee table on the set of the Bertie Wooster flat. This glass bowl is seen on the table throughout the series. Recently I decided to search for one on eBay and  found one very like it

Davidson Cloud Bowl and Marcovitch Cigarette Box

It is a Davidson cloud bowl:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=davidson+cloud+bowl&_sacat=70031

6 o’clock at the Wooster Flat


At 6 o'clock it's time for whiskey and soda served by Jeeves at Bertie Wooster's flat.

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Jeeves in the Kitchen: Swan Percolator

Jeeves (Stephen Fry) in the kitchen

Jeeves, played by Stephen Fry, in the Jeeves and Wooster series is seen above in a scene located in Bertie Wooster's flat.  Spotted on the shelf in the background appears to be a Swan electric percolator appropriate to the era.
Swan coffee percolator was made by Bulpitt & Sons Birmingham cat. no. CH475.

A working Swan Electric Percolator seen on eBay uk

Above is a similar percolator seen on eBay uk:
Click here for more details on the eBay listing

Bertie Wooster Makes Tea

 

Bertie Wooster tries his hand at making tea

In the tv series Jeeves and Wooster,  Bertie (played by Hugh Laurie) discovers the challenges of tea making while Jeeves (Stephen Fry) is away.  He wisely refers to Mrs Beeton's book of Household Management for guidance.  Trying to fill the whistling tea kettle  with water without removing the stopper was the first hurdle to overcome. Fortunately Jeeves arrived back in time to complete the task

 

Bertie puts his feet up after his exersions while Jeeves takes over the tea making. Tea is served in Royal Worcester Raffles China cups from a set that is used in Berties flat throughout the series.

Royal Worcester Raffles Cup and Saucer

Above is a vew of the page Bertie is reading in Mrs Beetons book and some similar items for a Jeeves and Wooster themed kitchen  found on eBay:

 

Jeeves and Wooster: Butlers Tray

Bertram Wooster likes his cup of tea- in the afternoon he favors Earl Grey tea.  In the Wooster residence tea is usually served by Jeeves from a silver tea pot and bone china cups.

Tea is served at Bertie Wooster's Flat in a scene from the TV series  Jeeves and Wooster

In the above scene from the Jeeves and Wooster TV series tea is being served by Jeeves, played by Stephen Fry,  on a wooden butler's tray. On top of the tray is what appears to be a Madeira style embroidered linen placemat.

Below is a solid mahogany butlers tray with brass side rails that looks like the one used on the show.

See it on eBay here : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Butlers-Solid-Mahogany-Veneered-Tray-With-Solid-Brass-Handles/191963769486
Below is a similar looking silverplate tea service in the Art Deco style as seen on eBay recently:

A similar looking silverplate tea service on eBay - click picture for details on eBay

Jeeves and Wooster: A Visit to Ditteridge Hall

Bertie Wooster drinks tea at Ditteridge Hall

In the first episode of Jeeves and Wooster, the TV series starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry (based on "Jeeves Takes Charge" by P.G. Wodehouse), Bertie and Jeeves pay a visit to Ditteridge Hall. Above is a view of Bertie having his morning cup of tea while Jeeves prepares the bath and fills Bertie's shaving mug.

Jeeves attends to his morning duties

The props used in the scene are most appropriate for a gentleman visiting the country seat of the Glossop family - the scene was filmed at Englefield House, Berkshire.

Spode Sheffield Cup and Saucer

Bertie Wooster takes his morning tea from a Spode Sheffield Cup and Saucer.


There is a shaving mug set on Amazon that looks quite like the one Bertie Wooster uses at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N0Z2NGY
Click here to see examples of Spode Sheffield on eBay

BLUE PIPED COTTON PYJAMA SET Turnbull & Asser

The Halcyon: Deco Photo Frame

Art Deco Photo Frame in a scene from The Halcyon Credit: ITV The Halcyon

Here is an interesting 30's style art deco photo frame prop you might have noticed in Episode One of ITV's The Halcyon.  Lady Priscilla Hamilton is seen holding the photo frame while she waits to see Mr Garland in his office in a scene from the first epidode of the ITV series. If you are interested in collectibles from the era you can find similar frames on eBay. Below is one example I saw on eBay today.

Reference: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Art-Deco/69471/i.html?_nkw=deco+oak+photo+frame&LH_PrefLoc=2

Walk from Villa America to Garoupe Beach

Sarah and Gerald Murphy and their children liked to walk to the Garoupe beach from the house they build nearby 'Villa America' (112 Chemin des Mougins ). Here is a Google map of the walk so you can follow in their footsteps.

When The Murphy's first came to Antibes and discovered the Garoupe beach, they were staying in hotels such as Hotel Du Cap or rented accomodation. The eventually bought a property and renovated it and called it Villa America.

Some popular books on the Murphys. I have recently read "Everybody was so Young" and "Making it New" each of which I highly recommend. "Everybody was so Young" is a comprehensive account of the life and times of the Murphys. "Making it New" examines the evolution of their stylish lifestyle including Gerald's paintings and is a good one to read following the other book.