Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Reprise - Tea Accroutements

This post from September 27, 2009, showcases my collection of silver tea accroutements. You can't have a proper tea without the proper accessories. Some are common and used frequently (the silver and blue bowl for sugar -- the tea caddy spoon) while others are more rare and saved for those special teas (the silver spout pourer -- the mote spoon).

It's a fun collection and I get great pleasure whenever I polish my tea things -- from the wee spoons to the silver tea set.

I love afternoon tea -- from a simple cup just for me to a "pull out the stops, polish the silver", formal tea for friends.

One of the things I collect are tea things. From English tea sets (cups, saucers, open sugar, creamer, cake plates and big cake plate) to all of the little English silver things that make having tea such a pleasure.

This afternoon, I packed up my things and off I went to a Victorian bed and breakfast in town to do a program on tea accoutrements for a darling family of 12 ladies -- from grownups to little girls.

My tea things:

Front row: two English pastry forks, two European 5 o'clock spoons, tea spoon (notice the difference in size), lemon fork, cake serving fork
Left hand corner: holder for sugar cubes, English blue glass and silver sugar dish, tea caddy spoon
Middle Back row: Sugar sifter spoon
Right Hand Corner (from the top): tea strainer, tea strainer that fits into a teapot spout, tea ball; 18th century mote spoon
They're all laid out on a set of tea napkins

The English pastry forks are used for tarts and such. One tine is double thick which makes cutting crust easy. I use them all the time for desserts!

Five o'clock spoons are really the spoons used for tea. They're smaller than the teaspoon which is actually too big for a teacup.

The lemon fork is used to serve lemon slices that go into the teacup. (for those that prefer lemon).

The cake serving fork is used to serve slices of cake. It's Victorian and I'd buy another if I could find one.

The sugar sifter spoon is used to sift sugar into the teacup. In Victorian days, sugar was often lumpy -- this spoon ensures that the lumps are added to your cup!

The tea strainer is one that rests on the table and you pick it up when you pour your cup of tea.

The spout tea strainer goes into the spout of the tea pot and swivels. Your tea is poured through it.

The tea ball is filled with tea leaves and after the tea is brewed, it is pulled out. It is silver, like most of them seem to be.

The mote spoon is early and is used to catch stray leaves in tea cups. The pointy end allows you to poke the leaves that clog the spout -- pushing them back into the spout.

The table at the Lyons Mansion set for tea.

It was a fun afternoon.

Please join Chari at Happy to Design for it's time for Sunday Favorites and join Beth at The Gypsy Fish for Silver Sunday. I love seeing everyone's silver things!


podso said...

It's very neat to see your tea things and glad you can use them to share with others as you did today. I love all things tea-related and there's nothing better than a hot cup of tea shared with friends, and if it's with pretty things its all the better!

Diann said...

Oh, everything looks so pretty!

Kathy said...

Martha, I totally enjoyed seeing your silver tea accroutements! I would SO love having one of the tea pot spout strainers and I have looked forever for a sugar sifting spoon. Your collection is wonderful.
Wonderful Silver Sunday post!
xoxo...Kathy@Mimi's Garden

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh how fun! I would have loved to come to your tea party and learned about all the lovely pieces! Happy SS!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How awesome to see all your beautiful tea things...Thanks for sharing this fun post once again girl...Hope you have a GREAT Sunday...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Holly Lefevre said...

How wonderful! We are big tea drinkers here, but I do not have all those accoutrements.

Thanks for stopping by on Tablescape Thursday.
Holly @ 504 Main

Allie and Pattie said...

Just lovely! I, myself, am not a tea drinker, but many of my friends are so tea is frequently "done" here. I love the traditions and accoutrements of a lovely tea. Thanks so much
xoxo Pattie

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Your tea things are very pretty, Martha!
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Reggie Darling said...

How marvelous that these ladies had a teacher as enthusuastic and passionate as you are. Without teachers there would be no knowledge.

Sonny G said...

Loved seeing the photos and reading about a REAL tea party. beautiful collection Martha and many thanks for the detailed explaination of each piece.

Rosemary said...

Love your collection Martha! Thanks for the great post.

Herbgirl said...

I loved this post and learning about all things 'tea.' I now must find me a lemon fork! Herbal Blessings, Mandy

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Very pretty and so interesting! My favorites are the sugar cube holder and sugar dish.

Unknown said...

Great and informative post. I think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman getting her lesson on what silver to use for what. Yup that's me alright, I'll never learn it all. The table picture all set up is beautiful.

Marigene said...

You have so much knowledge about tea, it almost makes me wish I liked it!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

That table setting is to die for..absolutely gorgeous. Love all your tea accessories!
Happy SS!

Lori E said...

I have not heard of most of these little accouterments. Black coffee is so much simpler. Especially when I don't have to make it. Lol.

Betsy said...

Everything is beautiful. I learned a lot and will have to forward to my sister who loves tea. This was so interesting.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely silver today. Hope you'll stop by and enter my two drawings, too!

lindaraxa said...

5 o clock spoons, that's what i need! didn't know about them and always find myself using the espresso ones. thanks!

Sarah said...

I enlarged the photo of your pieces so I could savor the fine details of each. What a fabulous collection. Thanks for sharing. Happy Silver Sunday!

Sherrie said...

Thank you for such proper instruction. It amazes me that there are so many utensils for a proper english tea or meal, like the lemon fork or the marrow spoon. I feel sorry for all the Victorian maids that had to polish all that silver. Thanks for sharing.

The Lazy Peacock said...

beautiful pieces! i just love your collection!

The Norwegian said...

Martha this post is delightful. I enjoyed your presentation of the different tea accoutrements. Love the gleam of silver at table. I've learned much from Peri Wolfman's book "Forks Knives & Spoons". So interesting to read of the history of cutlery. You've inspired me with your use of the pastry forks!

Gypsy Fish said...

I leared so much from this post..I especially love the pastry forks I think my mom has some and we could never figure out the extra thick tong..Thanks for playing along...See you next Sunday for season 2 and the SS giveaway reveal.
{{gypsy hugs}}

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, this was a fabulous post...I really enjoyed it and learned so much about the beautiful silver accroutements used for tea! I must confess that I really don't know much about the fineries of tea! I didn't know there was such a thing as a 5 o'clock tea spoon and that it's much smaller than a regular spoon! This was such an interesting post and I loved seeing all of your beautiful tea fineries!!! Ohhhh...and the tea table was gorgeous! What fun that must have been! Thank you so much for sharing your silver tea pretties with us for Sunday Favorites this week...I loved this post!

I do apologize at being so late to get by but I have really been enjoying my daughter and five grandbabies visit! Thank you again for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites!

Have a fabulous week, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design