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Clarendon Chapter holds May meeting

Clarendon Chapter holds May meeting

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 8:00 pm

Clarendon Chapter holds May meeting | Clarendon Chapter holds May meeting

(seated, from left) recording secretary, Carolyn C. Martin; chapter president, Blanche Pearson; chaplain, Eleana McCoy; (back) second vice president, Teresa Deathridge; librarian, Marjorie Hernandez; registrar, Lynda Logan; first vice president Mary Ann K
The Clarendon Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century held its May meeting of 2012. Chapter president Mrs. Blanche Pearson presided.
The opening ritual was led by chaplain, Mrs. Eleana McCoy. The group sang the National Anthem in unison. Mrs. Pearson led the Pledge of Allegiance to the USA flag. Chapter first vice president Mrs. Mary Ann Karnes led the American’s Creed.
The salute to the Tennessee flag was led by Mrs. Doris Mason. Chapter registrar Linda Logan led the Salute to the CDXVIIC flag. Chapter second vice president, Mrs. Teresa Deathridge, read the Object of the National Society.
Flag chairman, Ms. Marjorie Hernandez, announced June 14, 1777, Flag Day was adopted.
Faye Henson, National Defense chairman, said sing the national anthem with confidence and show your patriotism. “Also, I hope many of you can go see the WWII Wall in Washington, DC to see the memorials. It is a touching site to behold.”
Chapter recording secretary, Mrs. Carolyn Christian Martin, read the minutes.
Chapter treasurer, Faye Henson, gave the financial report. The chapter gave $500 to the Tennessee Room in the National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., this year.
Chapter registrar, Mrs. Lynda Logan, said chapter papers are approved for January, May, August, and September.  There was a transferee member, Jane Lewis, who came to the chapter from Natchez Trace Chapter.
Old and new business was discussed.
The speaker was Rosemary Staggs, who spoke on “Tea.”  Tea before the Boston Tea Party came from China to America. The Dutch began importing tea in 1606. In 1650, their tea came to England coffee houses. Then, in 1670, tea came to Boston, New York and other east coast towns. George Washington provided tea to his soldiers.
Mrs. Staggs next handed out papers on tea.  Some well-famous teapots were made by Jacob Boelen (American, ca. 1657-1729/30); The Teakettle, 1710-20 made by Cornelius Kierstede (American, 1674-ca. 1757). Tea drinking became increasingly popular in Colonial America, creating a demand for specialized tea equipment such as teapots, sugar bowls, and creampots. Material used was silver from North America. Then there were tea caddies created from 1725-40 by Simeon Soumaine (American, Baptized 1665-ca. 1750). These were canisters for storing dry tea leaves, now called tea caddies, used as fashionable accessories for the tea table.  They are rare in American silver.  This early octagonal example with a pull-off cover is engraved with the arms and crest of the Bayard family of New York.
There were sugar bowls from 1760-75, made by John Bayly (American 1750-90).
Sugar bowls, usually with covers, became an essential part of the tea equipage in the 18th Century, when sugar became more readily available. By the 1760’s they were being fashioned in the inverted pear or “double-bellied” form popular with Rococo designers. These were made in Philadelphia and New York with silver from North America.
The creampot, created in 1763 by Benjamin Burt (American, 1729-1805) was a small three-legged pot for serving milk or cream and were the most charming products of the 18th Century in the silversmith’s shop. The teapot, ca. 1782 by Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734-1818), was drum-shaped which represented a transition to the Neo-classical style. This style was made in the Revere shop.
Next came the hot-water urn in 1791, made by Paul Revere Jr. (American, 1734-1818). It was maker made in Boston with silver from North America. These appeared in the years following the American
Revolution. People drank “high tea” around 5 p.m. with a meal.
Everyone truly enjoyed the program. Published in The WCP 7.24.12

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