If you wanted a second cup of tea in the 18th century, you had to do something about the cooled liquid remaining in your cup that had small particles of tea leaves floating in it. Wait until the hostess was looking the other way and then pour it out under the table? Hardly. The solution was a “waste bowl” or “dregs bowl.” You could pour out the remnants and then lift your empty cup to your smiling hostess for another round. A full tea service would have included a waste bowl to hold these dregs, decorated in the same pattern as the teapot. A few services also included a kind of saucer dish to place underneath the waste bowl. This dish was a very specific size and is the mate to this waste bowl. The 18th-century Worcester factory founded by Dr. Wall sometimes made stands for waste bowls but they are extremely rare, hardly ever seen. The dish here is seven and one-eighth inches across and the bowl is four and one-eighth inches across. Both are in superb condition with only the slightest wear. The pattern is based on Chinese Export wares.
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