News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 28, 2012

HISTORICAL TREASURE: Time for tea

Barbara Carney
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — In Victorian England, afternoon tea was described as “one of the most special times of the day — an occasion one looks forward to with great anticipation and high expectations for a perfect experience.” An assortment of decorative tea sets displayed at the Vigo County Historical Museum might be enough to convince the viewer that this statement is indeed true. Each is lovely in its own right, but combined, they make an enticing picture.

One grouping was selected from a nearly complete set of Haviland Limoges china. A white background with delicate pink roses, green leaves, and scalloped gold edging give these pieces an elegant look in any setting. It was given to the museum by Cecilia Schultz, having been a 1904 wedding gift to her parents, Amelia Miller and Joseph Schultz. Pieces of Bavarian china from Transylvania were a gift from Michael Buzash. The tea, or hot chocolate set has a somewhat contemporary look in gold, brown and white with cups and tea pot lined in gold. George Adolph Davis was the donor of the attractive tea set pictured.

A china tea cup, saucer and tea pot in blue with a gold “H” bring back memories of a long ago tea room in the Herz Department Store. A charming touch to the tea time display is a child's set in gold and white. It belonged to Barbara Sturtevant Wilkinson.

The popularity of tea time is still vibrant. Hotels, caterers, and party planners are making this afternoon practice a part of their events calendar. With a comfortable chair and a good book, you too can make afternoon tea time a part of your day.