Great Britain has a long history when it comes to drinking tea. In fact, we have been drinking tea for 350 years. And even if China was both the birthplace of tea and porcelain making, Britain is now well known for being inhabited by quite a few tea enthusiasts and fine porcelain makers.
During the 17th century the British East India Company had a monopoly on importing goods from outside Europe and during their glory days tea became one of their highly valued goods. At first tea was something very luxurious and therefore only the upper class could afford it. Luckily, time has made tea much more accessible and whether you can enjoy a cup of tea or not is no longer a question of class.
With that said, it is difficult to deny what beautifully made porcelain can do for your tea. Here at Alfies we have a few dealers who know a thing or two about how your afternoon tea could be coloured and shaped.
|Worcester cup and saucer c1765, offered by Janes Antiques|
|Royal Crown Derby 1900 Japan pattern, offered by Janes Antiques|
|Royal Crown Derby 1932, offered by Horner Antiques|
|Royal Doulton 1904, offered by Beth|
|Carlton Ware spiderweb pattern 1920s, offered by Beth|
|Molly Hancock 1930s hand painted, offered by Beth|
|Breakfast set for one - by Hammersley for Thomas Goode & Co, offered by W & L Antiques|
|Vintage tea service by Roslyn China, offered by W & L Antiques|
And speaking of afternoon tea, why not have it here at Alfies? Our Roof Top Kitchen offer a range of home made cakes to enjoy with your tea.