WHAT ARE TEA & TOAST SETS?

By: John Hogan

A Tea & Toast Set is the combination of a cup and an irregular shape large under plate that has an indented ring such that the cup may rest inside. The under plate is for holding a toast or sandwich.

RIDGWAY TEA & TOAST SET, C. 1955

RIDGWAY TEA & TOAST SET, C. 1955

TUSCAN TEA & TOAST SET, C. 1947

TUSCAN TEA & TOAST SET, C. 1947

These little sets are commonly referred to under several names: (a) breakfast sets, (b) tea & toast sets, or (c) sandwich sets. All three references are used interchangeably and are acceptable descriptions for such shape cup and under tray. The English like to refer to these as Tea & Toast Sets; the Americans like to refer to these sets as Breakfast Sets or Sandwich Sets.

These little tea & toast sets were most often executed upon a bone china or porcelain medium. However, the Homer Laughlin Pottery Co. of Ohio USA executed these little sets upon an earthenware body and carried a "geese" theme in 1950s. Such a theme was very vogue in 1950s.

These charming bone china tea & toast sets make ideal wedding gifts. Such pretty examples of these bone china tea & toast sets are:

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