The Western Style China Tea Set
Tea sets can be made from several different materials.
Porcelain or china sets are very common.
These are usually very decorative and also very fragile.
The finer the china, usually the more expensive the tea set.
Sets made from Sterling silver are also fairly common.
Today, it is rare to find a Sterling Silver tea set and when one does find one, they are very expensive to buy.
What is usually sold is a Silver plated tea set.
If you are planning on buying a silver tea set be sure to take note of whether the set you are thinking of purchasing is indeed pure Sterling silver, or if it is silver plated.
Naturally the silver plated set should cost you less.
Sets vary in size.
While a smaller set may consist of two cups only, usually they consist of up to six, or even more in some instances, cups-enough to entertain several guests at the same time.
Sets usually include cups, saucers, a tea pot, a small milk pitcher and a small sugar bowl with a lid.
Normally teaspoons and other utensils are not included as part of the set, although occasionally tongs for serving sugar will be included.
Sets usually come with a tray.
A sterling silver set differs from the china set in that normally the china set usually includes cups whereas the Sterling silver set normally is only comprised of the tea pot, sugar bowl and milk pitcher.
While owning a china tea set is not essential by any means, they are not only great to use when entertaining guests, especially in a more formal setting, but they make a very nice addition to any homes' kitchen or drawing room.
In case you are not familiar with the term 'drawing room', it is a room in a house that is used exclusively for entertaining guests.
Most homes these days simply have a kitchen, dining room and living room.
Older style houses, or more expensive living quarters may also have a drawing room that is used as either a formal dining room, or simply a parlor type room used for entertaining guests but not for everyday use.
Displaying your fine china in this type of setting adds to the overall ambiance.