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1880 - 1910

Moustache cup, white with pale green and gold pattern.

The inner part of this cup was designed to stop a gentleman’s moustache from dipping in tea when he took a sip.

Afternoon tea was said to have been introduced in England by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, around 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon.  The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880′s the upper-classes would change into formal wear for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.