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Tea Service

Date: c. 1887
Medium: Sterling silver, gilt, ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/4 x 10 1/2in. (19.7 x 26.7cm)
Markings: Impressed on base of each piece Gorham hallmarks: "[LION] [ANCHOR] [G] / 1790 / STERLING/[CROSSFORM]"
Inscribed: Engraved on each object: "CJC" or "CFC"
Credit Line: Gift of Ann Crouse Eaton
Object number: 98.22.1-5
Label Text
"The infusion or decoction of the roasted seeds of the coffee-berry, when not too strong, is a wholesome, exhilarating, and strengthening beverage; and when mixed with a large proportion of milk, is a proper article of diet for literary and sedentary people."
--Sarah Josepha Hale, The New Household Receipt-Book, 1853.


"If a person wished to be served with more tea . . . or coffee, he should place his spoon in the saucer. If he has had sufficient, let it remain in his cup."
--John A. Ruth, Decorum: A Practical Treatise on Etiquette and Dress of the Best
American Society (New York, 1883).