You have a love for tea cups and it could be a generational thing in your family. Tea cup collectors like to store and display their tea cups or hang them on the walls. Tea cup collectors also collect teapots and tea sets. Collectors display their tea cups and saucers in their dining room cabinets or shelves. It either comes from their various travels or their childhood. When using a tea cup as a gift, place a cup and saucers in a napkin lined basked, tea bags or cocoa, and include some cookies.
In modern times, people practically use mugs for every beverage use. In the old tradition it was tea cups and saucers that were used together. Saucers were for placing your spoon, after adding sugar and stirring your tea. You could also place your tea bag, instead of trying to find a space where it wouldn’t soil the table or tablecloth. You have one particular set of five cups and saucers and happen to find an identical partial set that includes a matching teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl.
There is also a distinction between tea and coffee cups, when serving coffee you use a mug, as for tea you use a tea cup. In some recipes call for a coffee cup or tea cup in using ingredients and homemakers used a coffee cup when they wanted a larger amount.
Tea cups can be associated with pleasant memories of people in their childhood. When your mother or grandmother gave you your first tea set. Perhaps you had old tea parties with some childhood friends. A time for when adults when about their business and there not being many toys we have today, you had a collection to look forward to and you could go off to play tea party with dolls sitting around at a table. They will always be there to enjoy your tea cups!
Tea cups are considered a suitable gift for a bride and is given as gift at bridal showers. As it’s a known fact that women love tea cups, they can keep it for years and years and give it to the next generation. Tea cups are like prize possessions that you would like to pass down to your children, or grandchildren, so they can pass down to their children and their children’s grandchildren.
Stoneware bowls, one of the earliest drinking utensils for tea from the Asian part of the world was found to be too risky for Europeans to handle to keep the hot liquid from spilling over. By the 1800’s, bowls now had handles but were too expensive to afford.
Porcelain is perhaps the difficult to produce, as it’s known for being used to make vases, figurines, and dolls. Real made porcelain is a hard paste that is made from a mixture of pure white clay and ground to fine powder. Soft paste porcelain is rather from the Europeans that they were trying to make porcelain by copying it from the Chinese that made hard paste porcelain that is fired at a low temperature. Europeans did the soft paste porcelain in the 1500’s, but by the 17th century, porcelain had been manufactured in around parts of Europe. France became well known during the 1700’s as a leading manufacturer of soft paste porcelain. By the 1770’s, hard paste porcelain then began to take over. Bone china was first introduced in England and it became a popular standard in the 1800’s.
Cups designed for hot beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate started in the 17th century. In the old days, tea cups came in the tea carts that held clean porcelain cups and saucers, a tea pot, and a plate, and covered with white linen cloth. Also friends or family would gather around to have discussions or book clubs, the group has tea each meeting and a number of the members started off having tea. Tea cups represented a sense of beauty and feminine symbol. Tea cups displayed a personal significant. The designs had painted flowers in pastel colors. Some stories from either whatever country or era, or who owned the pieces. To distinguish a cup is arranged by date, handle form, shape, and molding, the name of the manufacturer and pattern number, and the manufacturercompany and date.
The British culture increased the drinking tea popularity in the late 17th century. A tea service around this time would consists of a teapot & stand, tea canister & lid, creamer, sugar bowl, slop bowl, spoon tray, two saucers, tea bowls, coffee cups, and saucers, and a lidded coffee pot.