Tea was introduced into England during the 17th century and the first small bowls were Tea Bowls circa 1680. Small Antique Silver Sugar Bowls appeared c.1710 and the early examples often had covers. The octagonal shape is particularly prized. Antique Silver Punch Bowls were introduced in the late 1600’s. Food at this time was heavily spiced and a cooling drink was needed such as wine or the newly fashionable punch. Hence the requirement for a large bowl which could be filled with either a drink or ice. Some were fitted with a shaped removable rim which could be used to hold stem glasses, punch ladle and lemon squeezer and a bowl of this type is referred to as a Monteith.

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