The Evolution of Tea Strainers

Simplest is often best. Less to figure out, less to maintain, less to break.  Take the tea strainer, for instance. All you really need is something that separates tea leaves from liquid. A fork or spoon will often do the job. And the small spouts of Chinese clay teapots, the type of pot that predates … Continue reading The Evolution of Tea Strainers

Vintage Glass Child’s Tea Set

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

Paul Revere Teapot Reproductions

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

The Significance of a Paul Revere Teapot

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

Silver and Silver-plated Teapots Still Shine

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

What Can a Vintage Imported Teapot Tell Us?

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?

Do You Need a Green Teacup for Green Tea?

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?

Tea Cozies, Yesterday and Today

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

Brass Teapots from India

Having looked into my metal Moroccan teapot (previous post), I next pulled out some pieces from India, believing that I could discover some interesting info about them. Not so much, or, at least not in the way that I expected. Teapot (for sure, or pretty for sure) The bottom of this teapot is stamped "INDIA … Continue reading Brass Teapots from India

My Moroccan Teapot: Graceful and Functional, but Is It Safe?

As probably all of us have been discovering, staying at home brings some unforeseen minor inconveniences. We dismiss them as petty, especially in light of those who are currently working so hard to ensure we still have groceries and garbage pickup and emergency furnace repair and health care despite an overburdened system. But for those … Continue reading My Moroccan Teapot: Graceful and Functional, but Is It Safe?