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What is the Origin of Tableware?

Tableware has been around for centuries, with its origins dating back to ancient times. From the earliest times, humans have used tableware to serve food and drinks. In the past, tableware was made from various materials such as wood, clay and bone china.

Today, tableware is made from a variety of materials such as stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic and glass. Each material provides its own unique characteristics that make it suitable for different types of dining tables. For example, bone china is ideal for serving dessert plates or salad plates for special occasions while ceramic is well suited for everyday use.

No matter what material is used to make it, tableware has been an important part of dining culture since ancient times. It serves not only as a practical tool but also as an expression of style and elegance.

In this article, we will explore the history of tableware from its origins to its modern-day popularity.

Spoons in Ancient Egypt

Historians have been unable to determine the exact time the spoon was invented, but archaeologists can point to evidence around 1000 B.C. of spoons from Ancient Egypt, made from wood, ivory, flint, and stone, and adorned with hieroglyphics or religious symbols.

These utensils and table ware were strictly owned by Pharaohs or other deities and were used to eat food, as well as for decorative purposes. Spoons were made from a variety of materials, such as wood, ivory, and metal. The shape and design of spoons varied depending on the purpose they served. In addition to spoons, ancient Egyptians also used other materials like shells and stones as table decorations.

A French King for Tableware

Louis XIV, the Sun King of France, had a lasting impact on tableware design. During his reign in the 17th century, he established a court at Versailles and set the standard for French court life. As such, he had an influence on the style of tableware used in his court for special events and daily use alike.

Tableware during this period was often made with matching sets of such items as plates, cups, and cutlery. These items were often decorated with symbols associated with Louis XIV's courtly lifestyle. The popularity of these items spread throughout Europe and even today we can still see many designs that were inspired by Louis XIV's reign for sale or collection in the American market.

Time for Tea: an English Institution

Taking tea is an English institution that has been around for centuries. It's a ritual of taking time out of the day to relax and enjoy a cup of tea with friends and family. The service à la russe, which originated in France, is the most recognizable way to take tea in England. This involves multiple courses being served at once, often on fine porcelain ware.

The taking of tea has been part of English culture since the 16th century and is still popular today. Whether it be a formal high-tea or an informal get together with friends, taking time for tea is an essential part of British life that has required tableware worthy of the event for centuries.

History of Antique Tableware

Antique tableware has a long and fascinating history that dates back to ancient times. It is believed that the first tableware was used by the ancient Greeks, who used it to serve food and decorate their dining tables.

Over the centuries, tableware evolved in different cultures around the world, with Japanese china being particularly popular in recent times.

Today, antique tableware is highly sought after for its unique style and craftsmanship. Whether it’s for serving food or decorating a dining table, antique tableware can add a touch of elegance to any home.

HF Coors Ceramic Dinnerware

We've come a long way with tableware since the Middle Ages, but HF Coors has kept the tradition of quality, beautiful dining ware pieces alive and well. HF Coors has been in the business of making hand painted ceramics since the early 1900s, with a large selection drinkware, bowls, butter plates, platters, and more, HF Coors has the dinnerware for any occasion.

Additional benefits of HF Coors Dinnerware

  • Vitrified ceramic

  • All of HF Coors ceramic pieces are lead-free

  • Will not absorb moisture or odors

  • Broiler Safe, Oven Safe, Microwave Safe

  • Dishwasher Safe, Freezer Safe

  • Highly resistant to staining, cracking, and crazing

  • Two year guarantee against chipping under normal use

HF Coors Dinnerware

HF Coor Dinnerware is 100% made in the USA and is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business as well as a HUBzone certified dinnerware manufacturer located in Tucson, Arizona. Shop local, or have your pieces carefully packed to ship.

At HF Coors, we pride ourselves in providing high quality products and services to our customers. If you have any questions please contact us by phone at 520-903-1010, or by e-mail at info@hfcoors.com. We’d love to hear from you!