Antique Silverplate Tea Sets and Coffee Pots
During the 17th century, expanded trade with China and the Middle East helped supply Europe with three exotic new beverages—tea, coffee, and chocolate. To serve the growing demand for these drinks, silversmiths began crafting pots, kettles, urns, milk jugs, spoons, sugar bowls, and caddies. By the 1650s, tea was widely available but very expensive, so was mostly limited to the Europe’s upper crust. The earliest European teapots were used...