Poirot prepares to entertain a guest to tea in the episode The Adventure of the Western Star. Marie Marveille the Belgian film star is expected for tea, Hercule Poirot does some last minute adjustment to ensure the table setting is set with mathematical precision. The china tea set is Royal Worcester Raffles which has an Art Deco style border although it was produced in 1985-86. Royal Worcester Raffles tea and dinner ware was also used for Bertie Wooster's flat in the Jeeves and Wooster series.
See a selection of Royal Worcester Raffles on eBay
You may have seen a Household Wants Indicator like this in the kitchen of Downton Abbey. Here is a glimpse of one in Bertie Wooster's Kitchen. These were a handy way for kitchen staff to keep track of provisions needed for the household. A little metal indicator next to each listed item can be fliped to red to indicate when it is time to add more to the supplies. In Bertie Wooster's kitchen everything on the list seems to be flipped to red as seen on the example below.
A green Art Deco style wall clock takes a prominent position in the back wall over the sink in the kitchen at Bertie Wooster's flat. The green metal clock is a mechanical wind up wall clock by Smith's of Enfield. Aparently it was made in the 1950's although it has an Art Deco look that suits the Jeeves and Wooster era.
This week on eBay UK I see a cigarette box just like Bertie Wooster's (played by Hugh Laurie) in the excellent TV series Jeeves & Wooster. This is a vintage laquered brass Faux crocodile skin Marcovitch cigarette box and it matches the one seen in the screen capture from the show above. CLICK HERE to buy it on eBay UK.
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.
The teapot used on the Jeeves and Wooster set appears to be a Price Bros. teapot similar to the one below.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.