Antique Sterling Silver Tea Service and Coffee Pots
Tea arrived in Europe from China in the early 1600s. Despite its association with the aristocracy, tea actually began as a drink of sailors—in fact, it was considered a lower-class beverage throughout much of the 17th century. But all that changed in the late 1600s when England became infatuated with tea. Although the English enjoyed their tea, they found it less than palatable to drink it in the traditional Chinese way, in which tea was...