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2002/80/5 Teapot, 'Perfect', electroplated nickel silver, Robur Tea Company, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930 - 1940. Click to enlarge.

'Perfect'Teapot by Robur Tea Company

This teapot is from the collection of silver and EPNS (electroplated nickel silver) tableware, trophies, napkin rings and spoons made and/or used in Australia between the 1890s and 1950s. Presented to the Museum in 2002, the collection was assembled in the 1980s and 1990s by Professor G W Kenneth Cavill, an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales. In his retirement, Professor Cavill has researched and published the histories of notable early 20th century Australian silverware …


Object No.


Object Statement

Teapot, 'Perfect', electroplated nickel silver, Robur Tea Company, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930 - 1940

Physical Description

Teapot body of a depressed spherical shape with a low ring foot and low ring neck of equal height and proportions. Short flattened 's' shaped spout cut off horizontally at same height as neck, tall loop handle attached at body with heat minimising bridges and holes, hinged lid with low rounded finial and removable strainer inside with folding handle. Marked on base.

'Challenge' silverware brand


Stamped on base of teapot and strainer 'PERFECT TEA-POT / PATENTED / AUS1037314-11-27 / N.Z.59615 / U.S. A.P. 816-28 / G.B. 300540-28 / D.C. 285311-28 / U.S. A.M. 27-289 / WARRANTED HARD SILVER SOLDERED'.



Challenge Silverware was owned by the Robur Tea Company. Their first product, the 'Perfect' Teapot was made from 1927 with worldwide patents. It was such a success that the product range was greatly increased. The 'Perfect' teapot design was still being made in 2002.



Collected by Professor Kenneth Cavill.


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Professor Kenneth Cavill, 2002

Acquisition Date

1 August 2002

Cite this Object


'Perfect'Teapot by Robur Tea Company 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <>


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