Monday, August 22, 2011

Kenrick Coffee Mill from England, circa 1850

Kenrick Coffee Mill ca 1850
I confess. I love coffee even more than tea.This is one of my antique coffee mills in my personal collection. It's one of my oldest.

It's an octagonal Kenrick coffee mill from England and  the mark on the bottom reads "A K & Sons"

It measures 15 cm high and just over 12 cm in diameter. 

The best date I can give it is circa 1850. The Kenrick firm was founded by Archibald Kenrick in 1791, in Spon Lane, West Bromwich.

I bought this in 2004 and had it shipped from England. Don't ask what the shipping costs were. Did I mention it is cast iron? And that means heavy....

It's very decorative but I didn't take the best picture so you can't really see the design work. The book you see is the book I use to help identify my coffee mills at auctions (before I bid!) I recommend it so if you want to buy it, just click on the title Antique Coffee Grinders: American, English, And European (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Teacups for Drinking a Leisurely Cup of Tea

Antique Teacup
This is one of my favourite tea-cups. I have quite a few given to me by my Grandmother. Some were hers, some were her mother's.

I had all the teacups in boxes for many years but recently I unpacked them and put them in one of my china cabinets.

There's nothing like drinking tea out of a proper thin china teacup!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Australians Drinking More Tea

INCREASED health benefits, more variety and new twists on an ancient tradition has seen the popularity of tea gather steam in Australia.

Research has shown tea has many health benefits, from lowering blood sugar and cholesterol to reducing the risk of heart disease.

Yet for the last four decades Australians have chosen coffee over tea, which is the second-most popular beverage in the world after water.

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