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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Edwardian Sterling Silver Overlay Pottery Teapot & Matching Caddy.

Edwardian Sterling Silver Overlay Pottery Teapot & Matching Caddy.

Edwardian Sterling Silver Overlay Pottery Teapot & Matching Caddy.

£490.00

A Pair Sterling Silver Sugar Nips London 1763

A Pair Sterling Silver Sugar Nips London 1763

A Pair Sterling Silver Sugar Nips London 1763

£85.00

A Fine George III Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1796

A Fine George III Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1796

A Fine George III Sterling Silver Coffee Pot London 1796

£1,200.00

An Engraved Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1834

An Engraved Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1834

An Engraved Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1834

£95.00

A Sterling Silver Martele Bowl Caddy Spoon Birmingham 1985

A Sterling Silver Martele Bowl Caddy Spoon Birmingham 1985

A Sterling Silver Martele Bowl Caddy Spoon Birmingham 1985

£175.00

Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set Sheffield 1912

Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set Sheffield 1912

Sterling Silver three Piece Tea Set Sheffield 1912

£680.00

A Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1856

A Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1856

A Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1856

£1,550.00

A Four Piece George III Sterling Silver Tea  And Coffee Service London 1809

A Four Piece George III Sterling Silver Tea And Coffee Service London 1809

A Four Piece George III Sterling Silver Tea Service London 1809. Hallmarked in London For Thomas Wallis II

£2,650.00

Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1882

Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1882

Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1882

£90.00

A Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set Sheffield 1942

A Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set Sheffield 1942

A Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set Sheffield 1942

£1,800.00

A George IV Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set London 1825

A George IV Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set London 1825

George IV Sterling Silver Three Piece Tea Set London 1825

£1,750.00

A Sterling Silver Sucrier and Cream Jug  London 1813

A Sterling Silver Sucrier and Cream Jug London 1813

A very fine sterling silver sucrier and cream jug from 1813 in excellent condition. For more antique sterling silver please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£625.00

WMF Silver Plate Coffee Pot Sucrier and Milk Jug c1925

WMF Silver Plate Coffee Pot Sucrier and Milk Jug c1925

WMF Silver Plate Coffee Pot Sucrier and Milk Jug c1925

£575.00

A Newcastle Sterling Silver Teapot 1836

A Newcastle Sterling Silver Teapot 1836

A Newcastle Sterling Silver Teapot 1836

£825.00

A Walker & Hall Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea Set 1920s

A Walker & Hall Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea Set 1920s

A Walker & Hall Sterling Silver Four Piece Tea Set

£1,925.00

Very Fine Regency Period Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1818

Very Fine Regency Period Four Piece Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1818

Very Fine Regency Period Sterling Silver Tea Set London 1818

£2,400.00

A Sterling Silver Teapot Sheffield 1900

A Sterling Silver Teapot Sheffield 1900

A Sterling Silver Teapot Sheffield 1900

£725.00

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

George V Sterling Silver Tea Set Glasgow 1923

George V Sterling Silver Tea Set Glasgow 1923

George V Sterling Silver Tea Set Glasgow 1923

£1,450.00

Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1846

Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1846

Victorian Sterling Silver Teapot London 1846

£825.00

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

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

£535.00

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

£900.00

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