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Coalport Porcelain Works
1815-1825, 19th century
This acquisition was purchased with the assistance of the Viscount Bennett Trust Fund, the Alice Webster Fund, the MacMurray Foundation and David Vaughan
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

By the 1840s the indomitable ritual known as the British tea ceremony became routine. Elaborate tea parties, replete with extensive tea services, provided an opportunity for people to display their social skills. The teapot often set the tenor of the ceremony and lavish care was expended upon it. Fashionable utensils and specialized gadgets ensured a piping hot beverage as well as a good impression. The extensive enjoyment of tea in Britain and the Empire inspired the rapid development of ceramic factories and metalworking firms in England, which in turn exported items around the world. Often, the wares were carried across the oceans in New Brunswick-built vessels.

This comport is part of an English-made dessert and tea service that is a testament to the wealth and taste of 19th century New Brunswick.

Source : The Golden Age of Sail [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    Comports were used to serve fruit or rich desserts as part of the tea ritual.

  • Where

    Coalport is a town on the banks of the River Severn in Shropshire, England. The area was well placed for cheap local coal and good quality fireclays used in china production.

  • When

    This piece of English porcelain was produced about 1815-1825.

  • Who

    Ward Chipman Sr, a Loyalist, and his wife Elizabeth Hazen, of Saint John, purchased the full service.