The Tea Things of Jane Austen

  What tea did Jane Austen drink? And what role did tea play in her novels?This Regency period writer often used tea as a literary tool to bring the sexes together, and the term tea things was frequently employed to set the stage for conversation. In Sense and Sensibility, Elinor attends a social gathering at…

How did tea get its name?

A Country House Teatime in Somerset, England."The thing we call a tea would taste just as sweet if we called it by any other name."How differently would the words of Juliet have sounded if only Shakespeare had known the beverage we call tea?  It's too bad that the Chinese beverage would not appear in London…

Teaspoon Etiquette of the 18th Century

Teaspoons played a very important part in the etiquette of tea drinking. The Prince de Broglie recorded how he was taught the complexities of etiquette while on a visit to England in 1782:“I partook of most excellent tea and I should be even now still drinking it, I believe, if the Ambassador had not charitably…