The silver teapot from the dawn of modernity

A great story about the finding of a historic artifact in Nottingham.


A few months back I did a favour for a pal who owns a curiosity shop. As a thank you, he highlighted an item in stock that I might like, and that I could have as payment for the favour. The item was a silver teapot. Anyone who knows me will realise that there would have to be more to the item than silveriness and teapottery to rouse my interest, and so it was. Embossed on the bottom of the teapot were the words, ‘Oriental Café, Nottingham, June 1922’.

The Oriental Café stood on Wheeler Gate, on the spot know occupied by the architecturally mundane Pearl Assurance House (formerly the home of Virgin, HMV, then Zavvi and now Poundland). The café was famously old school, and at one time incorporated a gentleman’s coffee and smoking room. It stood until around 1958 when it was demolished. One of the grand features of the café…

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