Antique & Victorian Quadruple Silver Tea Sets

Abe offers antique and Victorian silver tea sets, antique & quadruple silverplate creamer and sugar sets, quadruple silverplate tea pots, silver plate tea kettles, silver plate trays & salvers and tea sets from the fine silverplating companies of Apollo Silver, Bernard Rice's Sons Silver, Davco Silver, Derby Silver, Empire Silver, Federal Silver, Forbes Silver, Homan Silver, Meriden Silver,  Middletown Plate, Peerless Silver, Providence Silver, Reed & Barton Silver, Richfield Silver, Rockford Silver, Rogers Silver, Rose Silver, Towle Silver, James W. Tufts Silver, Wallace Silver, Waltham Jewelers Silver, Wilcox Silver and Wm. A. Rogers Silver.

Antique & Victorian Quadruple Silverplate Tea Sets
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About Silver and Silver Plate Tea Sets

For centuries, silver has proven itself particularly suitable for household kitchen and dining objects that are both functional and ornamental.  Silver’s moldable nature allows it to be fashioned into an unlimited range of shapes by talented silversmith artisans. Silver’s brilliant, reflective surface, its ability to accept many kinds of ornamentation and the universal respect it commands have all combined to make it the preferred metal for affluent and fashion conscious households.

Perhaps no other drinkable liquids are served as often in silver or silverplate pouring vessels as tea and coffee.  These beverages were introduced in Europe and America during the 17th century, and the vessels used for them have not changed substantially in the 300 years since they first evolved.  The drinking of tea became a polite art early on, one that involved an elaborate etiquette and an extensive array of objects.  The serving and drinking of coffee  also required numerous utensils and serving pieces, which were often made of silver.

Silver vessels to hold tea were patterned after those made in porcelain; coffee pots were made in somewhat larger sizes, supposedly to distinguish between the two.  The various shapes that the two pots have taken through the years have followed the history of design.  Early tea pots were pear-shaped, then angular, with many changes eventually leading to the most modern vessels.

Before the American Revolution, the great expense of both tea and silver was reflected in the typically small size of teapots and the limited number of companion pieces used with them.  After the war, teapots and coffeepots began to be made in sets with matching sugar bowls, cream pots, slop bowls and other items.  Very expensive sets included a kettle-on-stand with a burner, which supplied extra hot water as needed.  The vogue for large, highly decorated ensembles – sometimes with a matching tray measuring as much as a yard in width – reached its zenith during the late 19th century.

Most manufacturers sold a tea pot or coffee pot separately from the whole set. Tea pots were expected to make a tremendous statement to guests about the financial assets of the host and hostess, and thus were often expensive.  By selling the tea pots independently of its set, the cost of acquiring an entire service could be spread over a period of time. 

Today, these prized silver and silver-plated tea sets are simply out of financial reach for most homeowners and collectors.  Purchasing a separate tea kettle, coffee pot, sugar bowl, creamer and waste pot, together with a complimentary or matching tray, is the only affordable way to go. 

Some collectors desire a matched set of all pieces, while others enjoy the variety of ‘mixing it up’.  Tea and coffee sets were often quite large – some with as many as 19 different silver pieces!  Unfortunately, many sets have been separated over the years.  While the separate elements of tea services are often collected in their own right, these objects are of greater historical interest and monetary value when they remain together.

A complete tea and coffee set normally consists of a tea pot, a coffee pot, a creamer and a sugar bowl.  Other pieces that were available included a hot water pot, a chocolate pot, a milk jug, a slop or waste bowl, a tea kettle, a box for storing tea called a tea caddy (some of which had locks), and a spooner to hold the spoons.

Finding a tray large enough for all these items was impossible - not surprising, since few would have been able to lift it when it was fully loaded.  Some tea sets had small individual trays for resting the coffee and tea pots.

The difference between salvers and trays is that trays have handles and salvers do not. Trays are not found before the late 18th century. Most early salvers perished in the English Civil War and there are few survivors before the reign of Queen Anne.

America imported many salvers from England. Those they made themselves are similar to English ones at an earlier period, and because rare, are expensive The most common pre-Revolution salver has a shell and scroll border and is more restrained than English salvers of the period.

Salvers under 6 inches (15cm), are occasionally called waiters. The early 18th-century salver is found with a central foot and is sometimes incorrectly called a tazza. Borders generally follow those of the period.

There are few oblong salvers, and square examples tend to date from c.1720-40, when a few rare octofoil (eight sided) examples were also made. Oval salvers, usually from the late 18th century, are much sought after.

Trays are usually oblong or oval, and being larger than salvers, are more expensive. Trays from the 1750's are rare and command high prices.

Calling Card Trays:  The calling card tray was a fixture in the middle- and upper-class Victorian home.  When the servant answered the door, the visitor would present his card for examination.  If the person was not home, the servant would place the card in a small tray.  It was considered inappropriate for a visitor to flip through the stack of cards in the tray.  Such an act would be the equivalent of reading a personal letter or diary.

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Antique MERIDEN Quadruple Silverplate 5 piece Tea Set Chocolate Pot Set
Antique MERIDEN SILVER Quadruple Silverplate 5 Piece Coffee Set Tea Set Chocolate Pot Set #1766
$250.00
Antique HOMAN SILVER Quadruple Silver Plate Tea Set #2018 Original Anodized Finish
$265.00
Antique HOMAN Quadruple Silverplate Tea Set
Antique Silverplate REED & BARTON SILVER Tea Serving Set #110
$425.00
Antique Silverplate REED & BARTON Tea Serving Set #110
Antique DERBY SILVER Quadruple Silverplate Repousse & Engraved 7 Piece Tea & Coffee Set #1629
$750.00
Antique DERBY SILVER Quadruple Silverplate Repousse & Engraved 7 Piece Tea & Coffee Set #1629
Antique HARTFORD STERLING Co. Quadruple Silver Plate 5-piece Tea Coffee Set #12219 George III Style
$475.00
Antique HARTFORD STERLING Co. Quadruple Silver Plate 5-piece Tea Set #12219
JAMES W. TUFTS SILVER Quadruple Silverplate Tea Set 5 Piece Victorian Antique #4503 - Re-Silvered!
$550.00
JAMES W. TUFTS Quadruple Silverplate Tea Set 5 Piece Victorian Antique
Antique FORBES SILVER Quadruple Silverplate Repousse Tea Set #166
$460.00
Antique FORBES SILVER Quadruple Silverplate Repousse Tea Set #166
Antique PAIRPOINT SILVER Quadruple Silverplate Tea / Coffee Set #388
$650.00
Antique PAIRPOINT Quadruple Silverplate Tea / Coffee Set #388
Antique Quadruple Silverplate Tea Set #2658 DERBY SILVER PLATE CO.
$375.00
Antique Quadruple Silverplate TEA SET #2658 DERBY SILVER PLATE CO.
Victorian Silverplate OCTAGON FOOTED TRAY 10" Homan Plate
$35.00
Victorian Silverplate OCTAGON FOOTED TRAY 10" Homan Plate
Victorian Antique Quadruple Silverplate ORNATE GIBSON GIRL PORTRAIT TRAY James W. Tufts
$90.00
Victorian Antique Quadruple Silverplate ORNATE GIBSON GIRL PORTRAIT TRAY James W. Tufts
Quadruple Silverplate Tea Pots, Silverplate Teapots, Silver Plate Tea Kettles
Quadruple Silver Plate Tea Service Trays & Salvers
Antique English Silverplate Coffee Pot ROBERT PRINGLE & CO., London, England
$175.00
Antique English Silverplate Coffee Pot ROBERT PRINGLE & CO., London, England
Antique English Silverplate Tea Set FRANCIS HIGGINS & SON, England
$325.00
Antique English Silverplate TEA SET - FRANCIS HIGGINS & SON, England
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Antique R. STRICKLAND & Co. Triple Silverplate 3-Piece Ornate Tea Set #301
$90.00
Antique R. STRICKLAND Triple Silverplate 3-Piece Ornate Tea Set #301
Antique English Silver Plate Ornate Engraved 4-Piece Tea Set CHARLES S GREEN & CO. LTD London, England
$625.00
Antique English Silver Plate Ornate Engraved 4-Piece Tea Set CHARLES S GREEN & CO. LTD London, England
Vintage 3-Piece Silverplate Footed Tea Set CROSBY by A. COHEN & SONS
$120.00
Vintage 3-Piece Silverplate Footed Tea Set CROSBY by A. COHEN & SONS
Mid-Century Modern KEYSTONE SILVER CO. Silverplate Tea Set & Tray KEYSTONEWARE
$125.00
Mid-Century Modern KEYSTONE SILVER CO. Silverplate Tea Set & Tray KEYSTONEWARE
Vintage WmROGERS Silverplate 12" Engraved & Pierced Round Serving Tray #623
$15.00
Vintage WmROGERS Silverplate 12" Engraved & Pierced Round Serving Tray #623
Vintage W & S Blackinton Fine Silverplate 14" Footed Oval Serving Tray Salver
$75.00
Vintage W & S Blackinton Fine Silverplate 14" Footed Oval Serving Tray Salver
MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO. Quadruple Silver Plate Silverplate Covered Sugar Bowl & Creamer Pitcher Tea Set  (Re-Silvered)
$110.00
MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO. Quadruple Silver Plate Silverplate Covered Sugar Bowl and Creamer Pitcher Tea Set  (Re-Silvered)
Lawrence B. Smith Co. (L.B.S.CO.) Sheffield Silver Plate Silverplate Creamer Pitcher and Covered Sugar Bowl Tea Set - Bakelite Knob
$68.00
Lawrence B. Smith Co. (L.B.S.CO.) Sheffield Silver Plate Silverplate Creamer Pitcher and Covered Sugar Bowl Tea Set - Bakelite Knob
JAMES W. TUFTS QUADRUPLE SILVERPLATE Silver Plate Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set
$75.00
JAMES W. TUFTS QUADRUPLE SILVERPLATE Silver Plate Sugar Bowl
Antique Victorian E. G. WEBSTER Quadruple Silverplate Creamer & Sugar Bowl Set Ornate
$150.00
Antique Ornate Victorian E. G. WEBSTER Quadruple Silverplate Creamer & Sugar Bowl Set
Antique F. B. ROGERS SILVER CO. Quadruple Silverplate Covered Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set - Monogram
$90.00
Antique F. B. ROGERS SILVER CO. Quadruple Silverplate Covered Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set - Monogram
Antique Simpson Hall Miller Quadruple Silverplate Completer Tea Set
Antique SIMPSON HALL MILLER Silver Quadruple Silverplate Completer Tea Set - Sugar Bowl, Creamer & Waste
$150.00
Antique Footed Pairpoint Silverplate Completer Tea Set - Oiron & Canis Major Celestial Motif
Antique Footed PAIRPOINT Silver Silverplate Completer Tea Set - Sugar Bowl, Creamer & Waste Bowl - Oiron & Canis Major Celestial Motif
$160.00
WALKER & HALL Sheffield Silverplate Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set #11
$100.00
Walker & Hall Sheffield Silverplate Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set #11
ADELPHI SILVER Cream & Sugar Bowl Set Quadruple Silverplate Tea Completer Set
$125.00
ADELPHI SILVER Cream & Sugar Bowl Set Quadruple Silverplate
COLONIAL SILVER CO. Quadruple Silverplate Creamer & Sugar Bowl Tea Set Art Nouveau
$75.00
COLONIAL SILVER CO. Quadruple Silverplate Creamer & Sugar Bowl Tea Set Art Nouveau
Antique BARBOUR SILVER CO. Quadruple Silverplate Berry Creamer & Sugar Bowl Applied Figural Berries & Leaves
$65.00
Antique BARBOUR SILVER CO. Quadruple Silverplate Berry Creamer & Sugar Bowl Applied Figural Berries & Leaves
Antique MERIDEN B. Quadruple Silverplate Cream & Sugar Bowl Japanese Style
$100.00
Antique MERIDEN B. Quadruple Silverplate Cream & Sugar Bowl Japanese Style
Vintage ONEIDA HEIRLOOM Silverplate Sugar Bowl & Cream Pitcher Completer Tea Set Colonial Suite
Vintage ONEIDA HEIRLOOM Silverplate Sugar Bowl & Cream Pitcher Completer Tea Set Colonial Suite
$45.00
Antique & Quadruple Silverplate Creamer and Sugar Bowl Tea Service Completer Sets