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QUEEN ANNE TEA AND COFFEE SET c1720
Kettle & Spirit Lamp . When the kitchen can be a long cold
walk away, a kettle and spirit lamp that are suitably refined for the
sitting room giving a handy supply of hot water for the teapot, would
be very welcome for afternoons "at home". The ebony handle
swings clear of the lid for filling, the kettle lifts off the lamp stand
giving access to the lamp which itself lifts out, the lid coming off
for filling with spirit which is drawn up the wick and lit to provide
the heat. The butler can carry the whole using the two jointed handles,
the table surface protected by ebony feet beneath the scrolled legs.
The Tripod floor stand is extravagance, removing even the need
for a suitable flat surface at hand height.
Bought together total price £865
Teapot, 14mm high. Pear shaped with ebony handle, open spout.
Early teapots were small as tea was rare and expensive
Coffee Pot, 20mm high. Ebony handle,open spout.
Chocolate Pot & Swizzle stick, Ebony handle,open spout. Chocolate
pots can be interchangeable with coffee pots, but are distinguished
by having a small opening in the top of the lid for a swizzle stick
which sits in the pot and can stir up the chocolate sediment without
losing heat. The handle was often on the side, at a right angle to the
Sugar Bowl (left)The lid on the sugar bowl can be upturned for
use as a teaspoon tray, as cups did not have saucers.
Milk Jug (right) It was unusual to take tea with milk at this
time and it is just as likely that these little jugs were used for spirits.
Tea Caddy 13mm high. The cap lifts off to allow the tea to be
poured and measured in capfuls, no need for a caddy spoon, and the top
slides back for refilling.
Salver well 32mm x 22mm. Salvers are earlier than trays and developed
from having a central foot to having small feet at the rim, and are
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