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Re: Advice please!

Since I came here asking questions, I thought I'd try to contribute, as well. In your description of the tea set you bought (what a lucky find!), you said it consisted of: "large teapot, smaller teapot, cream, sugar and some kind of urn." The large tea pot is probably a coffee pot....they are taller and narrower, tea pots are lower and wider. The urn is likely a waste bowl. When they steeped tea leaves in the tea pot, they poured it out into the cup through a silver strainer....and dumped the escaping leaves into the waste bowl. It was also used to pour out cooled tea when you got a fresh cup. I can't remember if you rinse out a silver teapot before making the tea; I know you do a china one. Some tea sets also included a hot water kettle, on a stand over a candle to keep the water hot. You learn stuff like this growing up in the South....or at least you used to. :-)

Re: Re: Advice please!

Thanks for the info!