Got my most recent purchase today! I found Felicity's Colonial Tea Set on Ebay, New in Box for a decent price. Average price that I have noticed for this New in Box is $100+ and I got it for $56 plus $8.62 shipping so $64.82 total so I saved a bit... still sucks though that the price through American Girl before Felicity was retired was $48 but like I said before... until Doc Brown shows up with the Delorean, I am going to have to cough up the extra money.
So anyways... Here is your history lesson.
In Felicity's time (1774), America was ruled by the King of England, George III.
|King George the 3rd of England|
|Boston Tea Party|
The Tea Caddy
This caddy is absolutely adorable. Let me tell you the quick history and use of the tea caddy in the 18th century... Because of the high value of tea, many people locked their tea in a caddy like this. Early tea caddies were made out of expensive materials such as silver, tortoise shell, and shagreen (leather type material) to represent the value of the contents. It was very common that the lady of the house carried the key to the caddy on her chatelaine. Woaw, wait..on her what???
|chatelaine worn by a women in the victorian era|
The Tea cups
|18th Century Tea Bowl|
I never noticed until I bought this, but the cups have no handles which is historically accurate. Early tea cups typically did NOT have handles. Coffee and hot chocolate glasses did however have handles even in their earliest form. These early teacups were actually called "tea bowls." The saucer however isn't as accurate. Saucers in the 18th century were more bowl shaped. There is a belief that tea was poured from the cup into the saucer and drank from the saucer.
The rest of the set looks good, the one things it is missing is a..
A. waste bowl, also called a slop bowl. 18th century tea sets usually had one. A bowl that is used to dump cold un-drank tea and other wastes into. Sexy right?
B. A tea strainer. Tea didn't come in convenient pouches in colonial times. Tea was sprinkled into the teapot and then strainers were placed over the individual cups and the tea was poured through the strainers and into the cup.
The Serving Tray
I think this tray looks pretty historically accurate. Beautiful "silver" engraved with a lovely design. The only complaint I have is you can't fit the whole tea set on it which is kind of annoying but I'll live I guess.
Well there you have it guys! I know it was a long history lesson but thanks for bearing with me and I hope you learned something new and interesting! I am definitely happy with my purchase and all in all, it is beautifully made and high quality.