Collecting antiques can be a thirsty job, especially with tea sets like these!


I have a trivial Christmas lunch question for you: What long-running TV ad campaign was launched 65 years ago on Christmas Day 1956? It was the first advertisement featuring the chimpanzees from PG Tips.

Still voted among the public’s favorite commercials, nearly twenty years after the chimpanzees retired, the campaign catapulted the struggling Brooke Bond Company to the rank of best-selling tea brand in just two years.

A staple of British life, tea is not just something we drink, it’s a comfort, a ritual and also a collector’s item. I love buying specialty teas in pretty boxes and baskets for gifts (often gifts to myself).

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This silver metal tea set is one of the many that we always have in the center

The teapot is perhaps the most practical and collectable tea-related gift, although many have shifted from “usable” to “purely decorative,” with impractical decoration, munchkin-sized handles. and nozzles that don’t work!

A vintage or antique teapot adds a touch of occasion to your daily brew and definitely tastes better!

This silver metal tea set is one of the many that we always have in the center. This one is priced at £ 35.

Drawing inspiration from Chinese examples, the first British teapots were small in size and made of pure silver.

Original copies very rarely hit the market and can run into tens of thousands of pounds.

Poor quality clay teapots used by the lower classes tended to crack or break at the handle. Breakthroughs in production allowed ceramics such as Josiah Wedgwood’s 1760 creamware and 1790 Spode’s porcelain not to ‘fly’ (hot water crack), making Staffordshire the main source. Georgian middle class tea tableware.

Since many 18th century styles were repeated over the following centuries, base marks can help eliminate later reproductions. 19th century Wedgwood Jasperware teapots cost around £ 200 in mint condition.

Fancy, commemorative, and comedic teapots have long been popular collectibles, such as the 20th century Sadler teapots, which often feature scenes and cars, trains and buses from the past or historic. A very popular design features Alice and the Mad Hatter having tea in Wonderland.

Collectors often specialize in a theme, such as animals, transportation, popular characters, or notable events, rather than a single designer. Wedgwood and Whieldon’s famous vegetable and fruit teapots are good investments; a cabbage or pineapple in perfect condition today can fetch several thousand pounds!

I think it’s worth raising a cup of tea to spend this Christmas again with family, friends and loved ones. Kisses, and a very Merry Christmas to you.

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