When William and Catherine Booth founded The Salvation Army in England in 1865, tea had already won its place in English homes.
Brown Betty Teapots appeared during the Victorian era and filled a need for an inexpensive, utilitarian pot that even the poorest English families could enjoy. As this new Army marched its way through English cities and villages, it undoubtedly shared many teas with Brown Betty Teapots. The Salvation Army even used “Tea Meetings” as an evangelistic tool!
The color brown used on the pot comes from an inexpensive manganese-based glaze made in England. No one is certain where the name Betty came from.
Our 32-ounce Brown Betty Teapot is gift-boxed and includes 8 bags of Stash Black Tea in four classic flavors: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Orange Spice, and Super Irish Breakfast. A card is enclosed that tells the story of the Brown Betty; the bottom of each pot is permanently etched with “The Salvation Army – Brown Betty Teapot.”
Salvation Army “Tea Meetings”!
In 1900, the Orders and Regulations for Field Officers spent nearly four pages describing how to correctly conduct Tea Meetings! Tickets to these meetings were purchased, and after the attendees were served, they were invited to stay for evangelistic services. Very detailed advice on how to conduct successful Tea Meetings was given in the old O & R. See the complete instructions (which are interesting and fun!) online.
The English love affair with tea
Many believe the love of tea first took hold in France and Holland. In England, 40,000 pounds of tea were imported in 1699. Less than 10 years later, by 1708, nearly 250,000 pounds were imported! Item SA09278.