The term elevenses came about during the height of the Industrial Revolution and was in use by 1887 as tearooms blossomed in every city and village from Glasgow to Penzance.
This English teacup and saucer commemorated the visit of Queen Elizabeth's parents - George VI and Elizabeth - May 1939 visit to Canada and the United States.
Tea Maestro Bruce Richardson recently visited Amsterdam where he looked into the venerable Dutch East India Company (VOC) and its place in tea history.
It was a common occurrence in the Colonial era to receive an invitation to “share a dish of tea.” In 18th century Boston or Bath, a dish of tea referred to a teacup or tea bowl, containing black or green tea, placed on a saucer.
Indeed, Carson was well-schooled in the myriad duties entrusted to his care at Downton Abbey. If a question of protocol did arise, he surely had the butler's bible of the day sitting on his desk. Published in London in 1823, The Footman's Directory and Butler's Remembrancer contained the answers to every bit of etiquette minutiae…