Tea Sets Coffee Pots And Chocolate

A collection including an antique silver tea set or two, the requisite silver serving tray, a teapot stand, a silver coffee pot, a complete coffee set sugar bowls and a chocolate pot for good measure.

Sterling silver tea sets are the most British of antiques. Tea in the 16th century was the preserve of the rich, however by the mid 19th century with tea being grown commercially in British India it became part of the staple diet, to be sweetened with sugar that was itself another basic commodity by the mid Victorian period. Drinking tea and the formal afternoon tea and high tea remained civilised as the the leaves permeated through all levels of society.

For those unable to afford the sterling silver tea service then the artisans of Sheffield manufactured silver plate sets to meet the demand.

Coffee and chocolate were both introduced to Britain before the commercial availability of tea. Coffeehouses were places for political discouse and business although some did have a reputation for criminality and vice. The price to all men of a cup of coffee was a penny and some of the penny universites gained a reputatiuon for republicanism. Charles II tried to have them closed. Some of our greatest institutions and businesses were founded in coffeeshops. Lloyds of London, the London stock exchange and even the auctioneer Christies.

The less well known Chocolatehouses were far more bawdy affairs on the whole and were not frequented by the gentry. Both coffee and chocolate fell out of favour during the late 18th and early 19th century swept away by the tidal wave of tea. It was not until the 1950s and the Bohemian coffee shops of Soho that tea lost some of its social cachet. The demise of the Lyons Cornerhouses to be replaced by homogenous Costanerobucks is imperfect retrogression.

A silver tea pot be that Georgian or art deco is the final touch of finesse with sandwiches and cake around 4pm. No sprinkles please we are British.



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Six Sterling Silver Teaspoons London 1908

Six Sterling Silver Teaspoons London 1908

Six Sterling Silver Teaspoons London 1908

£60.00

Sterling Silver Water Jug Sheffield 1934

Sterling Silver Water Jug Sheffield 1934

Sterling Silver Water Jug Sheffield 1934

£575.00

A Very Fine Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1846

A Very Fine Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1846

A Very Fine Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1846

£1,350.00

Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set Birmingham 1938

Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set Birmingham 1938

Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set Birmingham 1938

£875.00

Large Regency Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1830

Large Regency Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1830

A Large and very fine Regency Sterling Silver coffee pot

£1,275.00

Deco Sterling Silver Three-Piece Tea Set - Birmingham 1937

Deco Sterling Silver Three-Piece Tea Set - Birmingham 1937

Deco Sterling Silver Tea Set Birmingham 1937

£575.00

George IV Sterling Silver Tea Set Glasgow 1823

George IV Sterling Silver Tea Set Glasgow 1823

George IV Sterling Silver Tea Set Glasgow 1823

£1,825.00

Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1846

Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1846

Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1846

£825.00

An Early Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1840

An Early Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1840

An Early Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1840

£925.00

Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set London 1931

Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set London 1931

Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set London 1931

£1,500.00

Very Fine George III Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1806

Very Fine George III Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1806

George III Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1806. Hallmarked in London For Alice and George Burrows

£1,275.00

Pedestal Foot Sterling Silver Teapot London 1898

Pedestal Foot Sterling Silver Teapot London 1898

Pedestal Foot Sterling Silver Teapot London 1898

£375.00

Three Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set by Selfridge and Co Birmingham 1933

Three Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set by Selfridge and Co Birmingham 1933

Three Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set by Selfridge and Co Birmingham 1933

£575.00

A Very Fine Etruscan Style Georgian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1825

A Very Fine Etruscan Style Georgian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1825

A Very Fine Etruscan Style Georgian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1825, George Knight

£1,050.00

Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service Birmingham 1926

Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service Birmingham 1926

Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service Birmingham 1926

£925.00

Regency Period Sterling Silver Teapot Hallmarked London 1818

Regency Period Sterling Silver Teapot Hallmarked London 1818

This shape was frequently used by the great Paul Storr in the first decade of the 19th century

£975.00

George IV Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1829

George IV Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1829

A very fine George IV sterling silver coffee pot from 1829 in excellent condition. For more antique sterling silver including Georgian and Victorian tea sets please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£575.00

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