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A Unique Gift For The Important Lady In Your Life This Mother’s Day…

 

 

Celebrated almost everywhere in the world, Mother’s Day is one of those special events on the calendar that is celebrated around the world.
This celebration honours Mothers and Motherhood across the globe, not always on the same date and sometimes celebrating simply ‘Mother Earth’ or ‘Mother Church’.
Mothering Sunday though is universal in that the act of Mothering is to be celebrated and in the UK  falls on March 11th this year.

Here in the UK, typically we try to make the day a special day for our Mothers.


In America it seems to have all started with Ann Reeves Jarvis who was a social activist, she was founder of Mothers’Day Work Clubs. Ann had a friend called Julia Ward Howe, who had first advocated in 1870 for the idea of a Mother’s Day as a call for mothers throughout the world to work together for peace.
The celebration of Motherhood was at the core of creating the idea of recognising, appreciating and celebrating at least one day in the year all that being a mother represents.

There cannot be a more special start to the day than perhaps Breakfast in Bed accompanied by a lovely cup of tea.
Whilst Ann Jarvis did not like commercialism, I think she too would be in favour of a nice cup of tea to start the
day. Such an easy pleasant way to start a day, just one of those simple moments we can share with a loved one.
Life is all about the moments.

The moment our kettles whistle leads to the moment you enjoy a break, share time with friends and family and a hundred other moments, savour each one – At Richmond, we believe we make the finest ‘Copper Tea Kettles’.
The perfect way to start the day and it all starts with how we prepare the tea, boiling the water in a hand-made copper tea kettle is the best!

Using less energy and creating a better flavour too. Our kettle designs have a place in any kitchen.

We are pleased to present our Richmond Kettle Company Collection, helping people enjoy lifes’ little moments… in style!

We at Richmond Kettle Company would like to take the opportunity to wish all Mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Induction Hob Copper Kettle & Copper Beehive

We are very excited to launch our new Induction Hob Copper kettle’s to the Richmond range.

The first to be launched is the Richmond No. 8 Beehive kettle suitable for gas and electric stoves. Hand-crafted and meticulously designed to display a beautiful finish, this kettle is the ideal addition to any kitchen. The whistle song and high gloss finish provide a magnificent accessory for any gas or electric stove top. Take pleasure in the small things in life and take time to make tea right.

Order your kettle today!

The Richmond Kettle Company team will also be attending the prestigious Frankfurt trade fair Ambiente – the must-visit fair to view some of the worlds most unique, and beautiful consumer goods. Be sure to visit us, and view our wonderful range of Edwardian style kettles on 9 – 13 February 2018, on stand A21 in hall 3.

The Heritage of the Heritage!

Whilst pondering what might take our followers fancy this month I came across the delightful piece below about the history of the tea kettle. I thought you would all enjoy it as much as me. It really is a lovely read.

Few things more readily evoke the cosy comforts of the cottage kitchen than the image of a burnished copper kettle singing and bubbling on a hob or range. When tea came to Britain in the second half of the 17th century, it was a luxury only the rich could afford. The price steadily declined throughout the 18th century and took a sharp dip in the 19th century when the removal of importing monopolies opened up trade with the Orient. By the time Victoria was firmly seated on her throne, tea was served above and below stairs.

From the first, kettles were an indispensable item of tea-making equipment. Originally, the word kettle was used for any flat-bottomed, lidded pan used for cooking, as opposed to the round-bottomed cauldron. Kettles as we know them today evolved alongside tea drinking. Before tea became the national drink, water had always been heated in large iron cauldrons suspended over an open fire. Since nobody could be bothered to hang about while a cauldron came to the boil when they fancied a cup of tea, special water kettles were developed. They had spouts for pouring and to let out steam so they didn’t boil over.

 

Since tea was originally only for the wealthy, so were the first kettles, which were usually made of silver. As 18th-century tea drinking was a fashionable social habit, kettles weren’t confined to the kitchen, and usually came complete with stands and heaters so they could be used in the drawing room. While the lower classes were eventually able to afford tea, their funds never stretched to silver. Copper was used instead because it was cheap, bright and an excellent conductor of heat. Copper kettles were flat-bottomed to stand on the newly developed hob grate or range. Their shape was subject to experimentation.

Wide, low kettles were tried at the end of the 18th century. As much more metal was in contact with the heat, they boiled quickly, but they were unwieldy and difficult to pour. Semi-circular half-kettles were put on a trivet with their flat side snuggling close to the grate, but their sharp angles made them difficult to air. Neither type caught on.

What we think of today as the traditional kettle shape, with its rounded shoulders, cylindrical or pot-bellied body and spout shaped like the neck of an advancing angry goose, proved hard to beat.
Early copper kettles had all-metal handles since some people still hung them over a fire to boil. Sometimes the handles were hinged. Later ones had handles with grips of wood or bone to protect the user’s hands from burning.The lovely warm patina that comes with age adds value and isn’t easily faked; ideally, copper kettles should glow quietly, not shine with metal polish.

To read the whole article, see the link below.

http://antiques-art-collectibles.com/collectible/copper_kettle.html

So, I hope you enjoyed that and with that in mind, I have included a picture of one of our very own ‘Richmond Heritage’ kettles being spun in our spinning barn using the same technique’s of old.

Changing Seasons

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn.
At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice.
The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture.
When it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.
Each season is evocative and special in it’s own way. Here in the UK at Richmond Kettles, as summer changes to autumn, we are in anticipation of all the things the new
season brings, the changing colours of the rolling countryside, Halloween, Bonfire Night and cosy nights in with the kettle whistling in the background.
We are all busy here ensuring our customers are receiving both the best possible service and the most exceptional kettle you can own.
We will shortly have available again our silver plated ‘Jubilee’ kettle.

Originally introduced as a limited-edition kettle, it proved so popular we have now added it to our main range.
The fact that it is silver plated and commemorates our Queens Jubilee makes it quintessentially English and exceptional both as a treat for oneself
or as gift for a loved one.
We hope you will love it as much as we do, and as the nights begin to draw in again, pop the kettle on, put your feet up and embrace the impending season

AFTERNOON TEA, DELICIOUS BRITISH TRADITIONS

Afternoon tea is considered a great British tradition but where did it begin? Considering tea has been part of the English landscape since the 1600’s; afternoon tea is relatively young as a British tradition. The ceremony of afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, in the 1830’s. Due to the fashion of eating an evening meal later in the day at around 8pm, the Duchess would become peckish in the afternoon and request a tray of tea, sandwiches and cake during the late afternoon. Once part of her daily routine she began inviting friends to join her and the fashion to enjoy afternoon tea between 4pm-5pm was born.

Traditional afternoon tea includes a selection of dainty sandwiches (thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches included of course), scones served with clotted cream and jam and delicate cakes and pastries. Tea was poured from silver tea pots into delicate bone china cups and tea chosen from India or Ceylon.

It was generally considered a pastime of upper-class and society women and they would dress up for the occasion into gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea. Enjoying a chance to show-off their houses and gossip over the latest society news.

Soon the tradition left the home and was adopted by some of the top society hotels like The Ritz, Claridges and The Savoy. By the height of its fashion in 1920’s many tea rooms were opening around the country and music was included in the occasion. Society’s fashionable young things attended afternoon ‘tea dances’ in stylish hotels, a practice which continued until the Second World War.

Richmond Kettle Company Kettles began production around the same time as the emergence of high-societies trend to enjoy afternoon tea in 1903 and the elegant copper and silver kettles still to this day offer a chance to take a moment, invite friends around for a gossip and enjoy afternoon tea in true British style.