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What is Your Silver Teapot Worth?

Silver was once something every respectable middle-class family owned, sometimes in abundance. Today, however, silver seems like less of a necessity for a lot of people, and some of us have been landed with silver as inheritance and simply don’t know what to do with it. If it’s a silver teapot you’ve come across, and …

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How to Decorate with a Silver Tea Set

When wondering how to decorate with a silver tea set, it’s a basic question of what you want to do with your tea set. If you use your silver tea set very regularly then you’ll want something practical that can allow you to have easy access to it. If you’re more interested in ideas for …

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How to Decorate with Silver Trays

A silver tray is possibly among one of the best pieces of antique silverware to own. Inherently, in the design of a tray, they are immediately practical and useful. Since they have such a diverse range of uses, also, trays are truly must-haves around the home. Lets explore some of our top tips on ‘how …

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The Beauty of Silver Teapots

Call me old-fashioned, but I am a firm believer that tea in its truest form has to be served in a teapot. And what could be more beautiful than a silver teapot? That’s right: nothing. Antique or not, silver teapots have something about them that adds to the tea itself, and it’s not just the …

tea in the Georgian era
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Tea in the Georgian Era

The routine is familiar to us all- boil the kettle, steep the tea, and add milk and sugar to taste. Tea-making is as natural to us Brits as breathing. In fact, centuries ago writer David Elliston claimed ‘the making of tea is one of the most deep seated British rituals, impervious to change’. It’s hard …

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How to Make Tea Using a Spirit Kettle

Spirit kettles started appearing during the late 1600s, a time when innovation surrounding tea-drinking was at its peak. At this time, teapots were very small and didn’t contain so many tea leaves; this was because tea was still an expensive commodity that had to be used sparingly. Despite this, people were obsessing over this new …

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History of the Milk Jug

The Milk Jug and Creamer The quintessentially British appreciation of a good cup of tea is well rooted in history. The centuries have seen debate and disagreement over how exactly to prepare the perfect tea; do people prefer it black, with cold milk, hot milk, or even cream? These changing trends have resulted in the …

What is a Finial?
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What is a Finial?

The dictionary definition of a finial is an ornament at the end, top or corner of an object. With such a definition, buildings, curtain rails, flag poles, and other objects, can be said to have finials. However, in the antique silverware world, when someone says finial we might associate that word with teapots, kettles, coffee …