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Playing with dolls in the 19th century was the same as it is today. Little girls observed and often followed the same routines as their mothers in the household. A tea party was one playtime activity that imitated grown-up dining. All that was needed was a small table, a few chairs, the dolls, a tea set, such as this blue and white example, and a little imagination. This tea set is nearly complete with six cups and saucers, a teapot, sugar and creamer.


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Toy Tea Set

item type   Personal Items/Toy
accession #   #2000.20.507

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Tea and Coffee Service

Little Girl and Doll at a "Tea Party"

Excerpts from the diary of Elizabeth Babcock Leonard

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