A teatime array of china, cookies, and serving trays on a lace-covered table

Featured China: Royal Albert’s Duchess

This beautiful china pattern first debuted in the 1910s. Reminiscent of the Regency Era but starting to hint at the Art Deco to come with its deep hued edges and gold detail, it seems to marry elegance and whimsy. We could see these charming cups and saucers with their joyful purple daisies gracing the tables of the Abbey.

The custom of afternoon tea, or low tea, was enjoyed by the high class society of the day. Started by the Duchess of Bedford, afternoon tea was a midday respite and an opportunity to call upon friends or extended family. This time was often accompanied by tea and light finger foods such as tea sandwiches or small cakes. It also served to stave off the mid-afternoon hunger as dinner could be served as late as 10 o’clock at night! As the upper class was enjoying their “low tea,” the working class and servant’s hall enjoyed high tea—a full meal with a large pot of tea. While it is a common misconception today to think of high tea as a high-class, fancy teatime, the “high” actually refers to the height of the table. The upper class had their “low tea” with low tables and lounging couches, and the working class had their “high tea” at their dinner tables!

Duchess Pattern:
Teapot $130.00
Cream & Sugar Set $80.00
Cup, Saucer & Plate Set $79.00