Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

A vintage valentine served on a lovely Royal Dalton "Cheadle" tea tennis set.

Tennis sets were very popular at the turn of the century to allow a person to carry tea and tea-time treats -- crustless sandwiches, hot buttered toast, scones, and little pastries -- to the table at the same time. Fancy society who held endless tea parties to suit almost any occasion is, no doubt, responsible for the term.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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