Prior to 1784, tea was smuggled into England. In 1784, the East India Company and the London tea traders, unable to compete with the price of teas being sold on the black market, petitioned Prime Minister Pitt to reduce the tax on tea. The Commutation Act 1784 was passed reducing the import tax on tea from 119% to only 12.5%. This was wonderful news for the middle class and less wealthy people as it made tea drinking affordable to them. Unfortunately though, the tax on silver was increased at the same time. The combination of these two factors substantially increased the demand for ceramic tea services. Transferware had just recently been invented and was in the very early years of production. Some of the most beautiful and collectible transferware teapots were made during this period and well into the 20th century.
Blue Transferware teascape: full post is HERE
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