Over the weekend I went shopping with my mother and aunt, and as you can see here it was a fruitful "tea" day. The teapot and teacup are full-size, and I have them in the photo so you can see that this old tea tin I found at an antique mall is simply huge!
This is by no means my usual delicate little piece of bone china or silver, but the Daisee Tee Balls tin is just so huge, I had to have it! It's 11-1/2 inches tall, 7-3/4 inches in diameter, and I've already thought of quite a few ways I may use it: umbrella stand, craft room trash can, floral container, plant stand. I wish the lid had been with it, but since it's not I'll just be creative!
I was intrigued that the side panel reveals the tin contained 600 "fancy tea balls" which would each make from 1-4 cups of Fancy Orange Pekoe. So, this tin could have potentially prepared 2,400 cups of tea. Guess one tin a year ought to do you, eh? Actually, this tin also is marked "The Herman Co., Wholesale Grocers, Paterson, New Jersey," so I would assume they supplied restaurants or other large-scale users of tea.
Although I didn't find any teapots in the stores, my mom gave me an early Valentine's gift, this "Pink Love" teapot. And I do love it!
She also had found me a new teacup, this one marked Enesco Japan and "October-Cosmos." One of those flowers-of-the-month series? I may have to look for the other 11 cup and saucer sets!