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Oneida Silver Coffee/Tea Service

Oneida Silver Coffee/Tea Service

Oneida Silver Coffee/Tea Service

Fashioned in a century now past by the highly-accomplished silversmiths and artisans of the prestigious Oneida Silver Company of New York, and possessed of that all too rare craftsmanship, attention to detail, and incomparable beauty which challenges description, this vintage Oneida Silver Tea/Coffee Service tastefully combines and stylishly integrates delicate designs, intricate patterns, and ornate appointments with the natural grace of free-flowing lines and unencumbered simplicity. Included with this exquisite 4-piece set is an elegantly adorned Serving Tray, Coffee and/or Tea Pot with hinged lid, Creamer, and Sugar with matching lid—the dimensions of which are noted below.

Whether serving High Tea*** to members of the House of Windsor, hosting a significant business event, conducting a Tea-Party for Alice, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse, or accommodating those most discriminating of dignitaries—family and friends, this Oneida Silver Tea/Coffee Service affords one a paradigm of stylish functionality and aesthetic practicality.

Never pressed into the service for which it was so conscientiously created, this truly lovely set bespeaks the extraordinary care and gentle attentions of its previous owner, who, in becoming so captivated by the beauty of this rose, failed to savor the heart and soul of its fragrance. The condition of this Oneida Silver Tea/Coffee Service is, indeed, Excellent.1

*In the event that you are possessed of an inquisitive nature, it will undoubtedly interest you to note that the Oneida Silver Company, a venture of the Oneida Community, was originally founded in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1877 and was relocated, first to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and later to Sherrill, N.Y., where the world renowned artisans of this venerable firm continue to form and fashion all things bright and beautiful. (For an inside account of the Oneida Community and the early development of Oneida Community, Limited, see Pierrepont Noyes' reminiscences in My Father's House and A Goodly Heritage.)

**We deeply and most sincerely regret that as a result of the mirror-like surface of this piece in combination with ambient light, camera flash, and the reflected images of the surrounding environment, the photographs hereupon presented are woefully inadequate in that they fail utterly to accurately portray either the purity or the clarity of this item.

***Although, as with all traditions and cultural mythologies, there is ever strife and discord among the learned historians whose extensive forays into the Liberal Arts, fueled by their insatiable craving for publication and recognition, leads inevitably to speculation and counter-conjecture, one school of erudition holds that the English tradition of High Tea is attributable to the Duchess of Bedford (1788-1861) who, in the waning days of the 1700's while, perhaps, finding herself somewhat peckish at 5:00 p.m., concluded that one's digestive system was not designed to accept with grace and good manners the foodless void which then existed between the two customary daily meals of Breakfast—which was consumed quite early in the morning, and Dinner—which was not served until very late in the evening. In order to placate the growling beast within, the Duchess would invite friends to join her for convivial conversation, relaxation, and, of course, a delightful repast. It was this quite understandable and rapidly spreading innovation that led John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, to, by placing meats or other fillings between two pieces of bread, father a novel culinary delight—the sandwich.

The inescapable alternative supposition asserts that High Tea originated as a British working class tradition with "High" referring not to the Noblesse but to the manner in which the tea was taken—perched atop stools in a tea shop or standing aside a counter.

Regardless of its origins, High Tea, now served in many restaurants and hotels across the world, has been transfigured into an elegant business venue where empty bellies are made full and deals are done.

Condition: Excellent Price: Sold

Specifications: 1

Quantity Available:
  • One
Date of Creation:
  • circa 1976
Creator:
  • Oneida Silver Company
Country:
  • U.S.A.
Dimensions of Coffee/Tea Pot:
  • 10 5/8" (H) x 10 1/4" at widest point x 3 1/2" base diameter; Capacity of 8 Cups
Dimensions of Creamer:
  • 3" (H) x 5" at widest point x 2.5" base diameter; Capacity of 6 ozs.
Dimensions of Sugar Bowl:
  • 5" (H) x 5.5" at widest point x 2.5" base diameter; Capacity of 6 ozs.
Dimensions of Serving Tray:
  • 12.5" Diameter x 1" (H)
Composition:
  • Silver Plate
Weight:
  • 4 lbs. .5 ozs.
Shipping:
  • Complimentary when shipped to a destination within the USA
Notes:
  • The photographic representations of the "Oneida Silver Coffee/Tea Service," which are displayed in various locations throughout this site, were effected by means of a FujiFilm FinePix 2800 Zoom digital camera with a resolution setting of 640 x 480 pixels. Although we craved and, therefore, experimented with higher resolutions, the resulting page load times proved insufferable to all but the most resolute of our visitors.
Footnotes:
  • 1We have, to the utmost of our abilities, endeavored to ensure that all descriptions, depictions, representations, and measurements are honest, accurate, and unabridged. Utilizing fully the resources and equipment available to us, extensive and exhaustive research has been conducted on each object listed. While we cannot guarantee that absolute precision has been attained, we certify, with neither hesitation nor reservation, that our very best efforts have been expended in an attempt to realize this paradigm.

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