Queens Diamond Jubilee Tea Cosy ~ 8 cup
Ulster Weavers of N.Ireland makes Queens Diamond Jubilee Tea Cosy to Celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the English Throne. Fits teapots up to 8 cups in size.
A Tea Cosy is a cover for a teapot, traditionally of cloth. Tea cosies insulate a teapot, keeping the contents warm. The tea cosy pre-dates the invention of vacuum bottles as a means of keeping hot liquids up to temperature over extened periods of time.
Although the history of the tea cosy may begin when tea was introduced to Britain in the 1660s, the first documented use of a tea cosy in Britain was in 1867 by the Duchess of Bedford. The Duchess established the activity of afternoon tea in 1840 and likely advanced the popularity of the tea cosy.
Afternoon tea was the time for networking and keeping up to date with aristocracy gossip and topical news. With all the chatter at teatime the teapot would get cold, which would have cut short some tea parties. And so, the tea cosy came about. Tea cosies then flourished during the late 19th century, where they appeared in many households across Britain.