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Detail showing Queen Victoria drinking tea at a Buckingham Palace Garden party

Serving and sipping a favourite beverage

Matthew Lofthouse (active 1732)

Tea kettle (part of a tea service) hallmark 1732/3

RCIN 49123

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Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707–1751) enjoyed serving his guests a wide variety of exotic teas. This tea kettle, which belonged to him, was accompanied by a plated jug for serving hot milk or water, and four tea caddies – two with flower finials and two with beaded ones. The flowered caddies may have been used to contain Pekoe tea, which was distinguished by the addition of dried white tea blossoms.