Themes in Time
Playthings of the Past — Children's Tea Set
Children have always enjoyed imitating the behavior of their parents. The custom of tea drinking became increasingly widespread in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Accordingly, miniature tea sets, sized for children's hands or for their dolls, were popular throughout the nineteenth century. These tiny cups, saucers, and teapot lids were recovered in Rock Creek Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and sites near the Washington Monument in downtown Washington, D.C.