I spied this little set at a garage sale and immediately thought espresso. (For scale, the saucers are three inches in diameter and the cups just over two inches.) But the seller quickly disabused me of that assumption, explaining that this was a vintage Akro Agate child's tea set. Still, I wasn't the only one … Continue reading Vintage Glass Child’s Tea Set
With the Revolutionary War won, and with teapots no longer politically fraught (see prior post), Paul Revere made at least 49 teapots from 1783 to 1797, according to his books. Then, as now, silver items were expensive. In the early 1760s, a laborer earning 30 pounds per year might be able to afford a child’s … Continue reading Paul Revere Teapot Reproductions
Continuing with a look at silver teapots, the most famous of our American silversmiths is, of course, Paul Revere Jr., who lived in this relatively modest house in Boston. Immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1860 poem, we all know how Paul Revere rode to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock about approaching British troops. … Continue reading The Significance of a Paul Revere Teapot
Ann Arbor is home to one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the country, an event that townies either love or hate. I personally love it and have been to many an artist's booth over the years. And there are few things more irritating to overhear than someone remarking, often in the artist's presence, … Continue reading Silver and Silver-plated Teapots Still Shine
For mint lovers, a potent mint tea is a delight! That blast of coolness is like nothing else—so much so that it's even hard to describe the experience of mint without using the word "mint"! Native to many regions of the world, this herb has been valued for centuries for its heady scent and invigorating … Continue reading All About Mint Teas!
Give my husband some old milk bottle and he'll spend hours looking up its history. It's amazing what interesting—albeit esoteric—information you can dig up online. Except when I tried searching for info on this teapot that once belonged to my grandmother. I found a lot of these posted on eBay, all of them called "vintage" and … Continue reading What Can a Vintage Imported Teapot Tell Us?
Back about a lifetime ago, in February, I bemoaned that my year had begun badly. Understatement of the year. As 2020 winds down amid global tragedy, my own year brought not only the pandemic, but personal loss. I've written about bereavement in years past, but this time it's different. The social structures that help cushion … Continue reading Grief, Tea, and the Disruption of Ritual
Do you have a favorite cup, and if so, what makes it your favorite? My dad has a favorite coffee cup based on its shape and how the lip curves in just the right way. My husband's favorite is simply the one that holds the most liquid! Back in the 700s, during China's Tang Dynasty … Continue reading Do You Need a Green Teacup for Green Tea?
Think of any object you can and I'll bet there's a verbose description of it somewhere. Take the simple tea cozy (British, cosy). For many years tea connoisseurs have used a tea cozy in brewing tea in order to secure a beverage having the desired flavor and stimulating effect. Such devices usually have been formed … Continue reading Tea Cozies, Yesterday and Today
Americans—used to having tea or coffee whenever we want—might be a bit flummoxed when visiting countries that have more codified ideas about when and where it's proper to have tea or coffee, or if additives are customary. Even here in the States, an Ethiopian restaurant once asked my husband to please try their coffee black … Continue reading Is It Afternoon, High, Low, or Full Tea?