Tea Set

This tea set is made of Belleek, a lustrous, eggshell-thin type of porcelain, originally manufactured in Ireland beginning in 1857. Trying to capitalize upon the success of their Irish counterparts, in 1882, the American porcelain manufacturer Ott & Brewer of Trenton, New Jersey, introduced its own line of Belleek, with other New Jersey ceramics houses […]

Tea Set

In the 1876, in an effort to reduce the power of the feudal lords known as samurai, the Japanese Meiji government banned the wearing of swords. This move, coupled with the government’s increasing support of mechanized production, had an adverse impact on metalworkers, many of whom made their living fashioning ornamental fittings for swords. Seeking […]