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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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Georgian Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1799

Georgian Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1799

Good to have another lady silversmith from the late 18th century, there were more than just Hester Bateman ! Elizabeth Jones, Barnett Munns, Cooke and Aldridge to name but a few more Lizzies. This may seem to be very liberated until you discover that wome

£90.00

Sterling Silver Cream Jug London 1800

Sterling Silver Cream Jug London 1800

A very fine sterling silver cream jug from 1800 in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, including a wide range of silver tea sets, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£220.00

Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs Edinburgh 1819

Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs Edinburgh 1819

A very fine pair of sterling silver sugar tongs made in Edinburgh in 1819. For more Georgian silver as well as a wide range of other antique silver please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£75.00

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.

£625.00

Sterling Silver Tea Service 1912

Sterling Silver Tea Service 1912

A sterling silver tea service including teapot, sucrier, and cream jug in excellent condition. For more antique silverware, glassware, and porcelain please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£625.00

Complete Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service London 1838

Complete Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service London 1838

An extraordinary tea service given as a prize for coming second at the Kelso spring meeting 1838, for anyone with an interest in silver or horse-racing.

£1,650.00

Victorian Silver Coffee Pot London 1886

Victorian Silver Coffee Pot London 1886

Wonderfully decorated antique silver teapots and coffee pots for sale visit our antiques shop online

£475.00

Georgian Sterling Silver Sugar Caster London 1782

Georgian Sterling Silver Sugar Caster London 1782

A Georgian silver sugar caster in excellent condition hallmarked in London in 1782 for Benjamin Montigue

£375.00

Sterling Silver Coffee Pot Birmingham 1934

Sterling Silver Coffee Pot Birmingham 1934

A sterling silver coffee pot hallmarked 1934 in excellent condition made in Birmingham by J Collyers. For more antique silverware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£550.00

Art Deco Sterling Silver Teaset Birmingham 1935

Art Deco Sterling Silver Teaset Birmingham 1935

We only knew of JW Benson in the context of watchmaking. Prior to being taken over by Mappin and Webb they did produce tablewares and fine ones to boot. For more antique silver please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£925.00

Georgian Sterling Silver Sucrier London 1817

Georgian Sterling Silver Sucrier London 1817

Georgian silver sugar box London 1817

£280.00

Victorian Silver Coffee Pot Sheffield 1896

Victorian Silver Coffee Pot Sheffield 1896

Victorian antiques, silver and glassware for sale at our antique shop online

£490.00

Georgian Silver Sugar Basket London 1793

Georgian Silver Sugar Basket London 1793

A superb antique silver sugar basket made in London 1793 by William Stroud

£325.00

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