Gallery 1 – Oval Georgian Tea Set c.1745
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OVAL GEORGIAN TEA SET WITH ENGRAVED FRIEZE C.1745
||Teapot 14mm high. The heat meant an insulated handle was needed, here made of ebony, and a wood lined stand to prevent damage to polished surfaces. The lid lifts off and the open spout has a fret of holes at the base to strain the tea leaves. A small person could make and pour a cup of tea without burning their fingers.|
||Sugar Basket (right), to hold lump sugar served with tongs. At first tea was drunk without milk but quite sweet. Swing handle, 13 mm long.
Milk Jug (left) Milk or cream began to be widely drunk with tea around the mid 17thC to counteract the alleged bad effects of tea on the nervous system.
Tea Strainer (left) pierced handles and bowl, sits on a separate drip pan
Caddy Spoon (centre left) fiddle pattern,
Price £ 11.00
Caddy Spoon (centre right) kept in caddy and made in many shapes and styles, this one being in the form of a hand
Sugar Tongs (right) 9mm long.
||Tea Caddy with, lift off lid and ebony knob. Often with a lock, or kept in a locked box as tea was expensive. The name derives from the Malayan measure of tea, “kati”, about 1 1/3 lbs
||Tea Tray. Trays usually have handles and no feet. The well measures 40mm x 26mm