A handmade Tea Cosy with Flowers – all crocheted. Fits a 6-cup round teapot.
Colour: Dark Green (body), Yellow & Red (flowers)
Material: 100% acryllic
Price: €15 incl. p&p
Notes: Please note that this is a handmade product and slight changes to the images can occur.
Care: Machine washable on low temperature (turn cosy inside out to protect flowers)
History: The tea cosy dates back to the 19th century, when Anna Russel, Duchess of Bedford, popularized afternoon tea as a light meal before dinner and an activity to occupy the time of affluent women. Partly out of the desire to keep tea/tea pots warmer longer (function) and the Victorian time period/custom of decorating and covering objects (fashion), the tea cosy was thrust into the limelight and became a part of afternoon tea drinking society. Not only do some people cherish and inherit tea cosies as family heirlooms (with plenty of stories attached), but also, tea cosies can simply add colour, design and new flare to a table, over and above the function of keeping your tea pot warm (extract from Countlan).
Although the history of the tea cosy may begin when tea was introduced to Britain in the 1660s, the first documented use of a tea cosy in Britain was in 1867. It is probably the Duchess of Bedford who, by establishing the activity of afternoon tea in 1840, would have brought the popularity of the tea cosy. Afternoon tea was the time for networking and keeping up to date with aristocracy gossip and topical news. With all the chatter at teatime the teapot would get cold, which would have at times cut short some tea parties. And so, the tea cosy came about. Tea cosies then flourished during the late 19th century, where they appeared in many households across Britain, motivated by the obsession of decorating and covering objects characteristic of the Victorian era.
Tea cosies started to be used in North America in the same period. Newspapers of the time reveal that tea cosies enjoyed “a sudden and unexpected rise in public favor” among women who hosted tea parties. Newspapers of the time included advice columns on how to make one: “Some very handsome ones are made of remnants of heavy brocade, but linen is generally used, embroidered or not, according to taste, as these covers are washable. Make the covering large enough for your teapot and provide a ring at the top to lift it off with.” (Extract from Wikipedia)