Long before the invention of tea bags and the concept of making a quick brew in a mug in a matter of seconds, tea time was a far more ritualistic affair. History tells us of elaborate afternoon tea parties in Victorian England and, going back far further, a rich history of ceremonial tea drinking in China which has been prevalent for at least the past 3000 years. But what about those who wanted a simple drink by themselves, without all the added ceremony?
Enter, tea sets for one, or, as they are often referred to, bachelor tea sets. Bachelor tea sets can come in various shapes and sizes, but the set is often made up of three pieces—a small teapot (that can often be mistaken for being part of a child’s tea service), a cream jug, and a sugar bowl. The idea behind this small service is simple: one can drink tea at their own leisure, in their own company.
Of course, today, tea is consumed by the majority (in the UK at least) no matter what their socio-economic status—it is simply an unquestioned, essential part of our daily routine.
However, once upon a time, tea was a status symbol that was only enjoyed by the upper classes as only the rich could afford this exotic delicacy. Because of this, it made sense that silver teapots and tea sets were often designed to be beautiful and exquisitely ornate—even if they were just designed for one drinker.
The Perfect Gift
Today, it is more common that a tea-for-one will be brewed directly into the mug (although this, among other matters of tea etiquette in the UK, can certainly be a point of controversy and heated discussion!) However, there is still a strong case for brewing your tea using a bachelor set.
If you’re looking for a unique gift for a tea lover, which is steeped in history and elegantly designed, an antique silver bachelor’s teapot or a tea set for one would be an excellent choice.
As tea was more commonly consumed in groups in the past, antique bachelor tea sets are rarer to come across than larger services. Because of this, they make a worthy investment or a truly individual gift.
If you’re on the lookout for something really special, and you want to go that extra mile for this tea-based gift, look out for a one person tea set with a vacant cartouche, or an area on its body which could be engraved to add a bit of personality or commemorate a special event.
Whether you’re enjoying a hot cup of tea alone or with company, the drink should always be surrounded by a true experience.
No matter how small the ritual, a good cuppa always deserves at least a little bit of grandeur, and what better way to start your day than with a deliciously brewed tea for one out of your very own silver tea set? Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for an extra-special gift for a loved one, browse our entire range today and discover something tea-licious!
Delilah Kealy-Roberts – Sales and Digital Assistant
Delilah joined the AC Silver team as a Sales & Digital Assistant in 2017 after completing her degree in English Literature at Leeds University. Delilah possesses a passion for jewellery and antiquities combined with an interest in blogging and social media.