I came across this remarkable toy tea set on an online site a couple months ago. I was fascinated by the silver metallic luster of the tea pot, sugar bowl, and creamer. I have never seen a tea set from the Victorian era exactly like this one as most sets’ pieces all share the same pattern. The pieces of the Daisy set are small with the plates only measuring about 3 1/4″ in diameter. The dishes and cups have a lovely flowered pattern.
The original box label says “Daisy” but I was unable to discover any information about the manufacturer, as the other German text on its box just means it’s from a registered maker. It does seem like the set was intended for the American market though judging from the use of the English word “Daisy.” The quality is good so the set must have been owned by a privileged girl of the late Victorian era.
Although in good condition, it does appear that the original owner played with this set a little. I wonder if she had tea with her dollies or with a lucky teddy bear? It’s fun to ponder the parties this set must have served over the years!
Although toy tea sets have been around for centuries, they were not widespread until the 19th-century when faience and porcelain became more available due to technical advances. These precious materials, once reserved for fine dinnerware, were now affordable enough to use to make toys.
If you’re interested in reading more about the history of toy tea sets, I have included a link to a very good article about this subject below! Enjoy!
**photos of tea set courtesy of Sage Patch (http://www.sagepatch.com)**