Archive for May 12, 2009

Potty about Teapots: Lock in the Flavour!

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on May 12, 2009 by echostains

 

securitea teapot by andy titcomb

securitea teapot by andy titcomb

I came across this original and unusual teapot by Andy Titcomb the other day.  I was immediately struck by how the design acts as a metaphor to the availability and exclusiveness of this once valuable beverage

Tea  caddy circa 1790

Tea caddy circa 1790

Tea, introduced in the mid 17th century became the main  British beverage.  Everyone I know, drinks coffee now though!  Why is this?  Tea was once such a valuable commodity, only wealthy people could afford it.  It was locked away in a tea caddy and eaked out.  Even the leaves were recycled.

tin tea caddy

tin tea caddy

This site incorporates tea caddies and old advertising!

For a brief history of Tea, see here

http://www.britainexpress.com/History/tea-in-britain.htm

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