Tea is an important part of our history.
Awhile back, a vendor brought me some little plates and explained that they are “cup plates.” Cup plates are like coasters for tea cups; they were introduced to the tea society around the 1700’s in England and in the United States during the first half of the 19th century.
The vendor explained how to authenticate these cup plates;
Hold the plate between your thumb and forefinger then…
If it is authentic it will make a clear “ping” sound.
If it is not authentic it will make a “plunk” sound.
The old cup plates are true antiques if you can find them. And now you will know how to tell if you have the real deal. They cost about $3.50 each.
Now, get on out there and hunt up some cup plates! :)