When starting to collect vintage china, the choice of patterns, styles and makes can be bewildering. It’s not only the vast selection of tea cups and tea pots, there are all sorts of accessories to accompany them. This evening’s post is about these beauties…
What would you call them? milk jugs, cream jugs, creamers, pitchers? And what’s the difference between all these anyway?
Being British, I would tend to call them milk jugs to serve milk with my tea. The earliest milk jugs were made in the 18th century as the number of people drinking tea was increasing steadily alongside the fashion to take your tea with milk. Outside the UK, for example in the US, cream was and (I think) still is more regularly served with tea, so the jugs became known as cream jugs or creamers. However with increased mobility and internationalism I think these terms are becoming less country specific and more interchangeable.
I guess you could also call them pitchers but my image of a pitcher is of something larger that carries water or maybe milk to be poured into smaller containers such as a jug.
Anyway, enough of my rambling, here’s a selection of jugs, creamers or whatever you prefer to call them!
I’ve been sorting through all the spare jugs I’ve collected and in the next few weeks I’m hoping to make more of them available in my Etsy shop. They don’t have to be used for milk or cream, I often use them as mini vases for a few fresh flowers or even as practical pen holders (I have one on my desk at work!).
My next post will be about bowls…are they always for sugar?
Bye for now