Child’s pearlware tea set, c.1820

Little girls were given fragile miniature tea sets such as this one, to practice their homemaking skills and to prepare themselves to become good wives, mothers and hostesses. This drabware soft past pottery¬†set from the early 1800’s was made in England.

The teapot, with replacement metal handle & strap, measures 3-1/2″ tall.

I feel badly for the little girl who accidently broke the teapot, but I am glad her parents took it to their local tinsmith to be repaired, so it could one day end up in my collection.

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