Tea


Two old packages and a box of tea with original contents. The box contains 80 year old tea. Several of these boxes were found in an old store in Vancouver's Chinatown when the proprietor noticed the inside and outside length of his store didn't match. When he broke through the wall he found a cache of old merchandise including opium smoking paraphernalia, tea boxes, pipes, etc. On the left is Dragon and Bat brand tea from The Dragon Tea Corporation. On the right is a package of Chi Lan Cha (Chinese Oolong Tea) distributed by the China National Tea Export Corporation.



Showing the contents of the old tea box.



A large tea box from the same company as the one above.



Click on the picture of this paper covered wood shipping box to see more photos of it. It contained Suez Canal Chinese Tea. The importer, as indicated on the front of the box, was S.S.P.Co. This corresponds to the S. S. Pierce Co., a company originating in Boston in 1831 that imported tea from China. There is no date on the box. The Suez canal opened in 1869. The box is square and 10.5" on a side.



Four tea containers-- the larger one has some of its original contents. The package on the right contains a small can which at one time contained Choice Best Chop Tea from the Yue Mou Company of Hong Kong.



Showing the can in the Yue Mou box--



The contents of the middle tea box shown in the picture. The paper lable reads "Yuan Shang Tea Co., 28 Tien Tsin Road, Tsing tao". It is printed on the other side in Chinese characters.



This import tea can is fitted inside a cardboard box. CHINA is stamped on the bottom of the box. Click on the illustration to see more.



A tea basket with inside cannister. There is a spoonfull of the original tea inside. These baskets of tea were imported by the thousands from around the beginning of the 20th Century by suppliers in West Coast cities.



Three tea cans-- the centre can may have been used in a Chinese store as a container. The Best Tea can is from Taiwan. The can on the left is from the Wing Fat Cheung Company of Hong Kong. It may have been used for a different product than tea, but had a residue of tea in it when I obtained it.



Tack Kee & Co. Hong Kong Jasmine tea can---



Pang Yu Tai Lungkee Gun Jam Tea, Hong Kong and China. One of two identical large brass tea cans that came from Victoria BC's Chinatown. The other one is in Roy's collection.



Wo Hop Finest Gon Jim Tea Produced in Canton China. Large Tea can same size as the above brass can. Gon Jim=Gun Jam? Probably the same in translation. There is no side embossing on this can as there is on the Pang Yu Tai can. It may have sat in a wooden or paper box when new.



The top of the Wo Hop can.



Small green teapot (or liquor server) almost identical to the one found in a Chinese railroad worker's camp along the Central Pacific Railroad.

This little pot looks more like a liquor warmer/server to me. It has the characteristic top. However, one like it is discussed in detail as a teapot by the Chinese interpreter, Shin Chi Kao, on the Central Pacific Railroad page.



Showing the bottom of the small green teapot and the Chinese characters:



Blue and white teapots with their baskets. These were a favorite of the Chinese cooks on the railroad construction jobs and are sometimes called railroad teapots.



Bill Hong's Teapot in its basket-- see Treasures page 3.



Tea time!



Several teapots and lids. The lids were dug in old Chinatown dumps.

Recently the central blue teapot with the spout and handle at right angles has been identified as Japanese, perhaps Aizu-Hongo. Also the small brown teapot in the picture has been identified as a Japanese kisha dobin--- steamtrain teapot.



Two basket teapots in their baskets.



A "rose medallion" teapot in its basket with two extra cups.



Little old teapot basket-- then showing its contents, a small teapot and two cups. At some point the teapot lid was broken and a small metal lid from a can was pressed into service. The two cups are longevity pattern obtained separately and shown more clearly on the tableware page.



Blue and white (railroad) basket teapots and a blue and white tea cannister.



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