Tea Tables from Colonial American

George Wythe House, c.1750We often forget that Colonial America was immersed in the tea ritual on a scale equal to that of their English cousins and, consequently, tea tables were necessary furnishings in the fine homes located in major port cities.As European furniture makers immigrated to the colonies, they set up shops in Boston, Philadelphia,…

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…