The introduction of tea into England from China produced many beautiful silver pieces. If it was not for the instant popularity of tea, the world might have lost these splendid examples of superb craftsmanship. At first, tea was considered to be used for medicinal purposes. However, it became quite popular throughout Europe in the 1600s as a refreshment. The first complete tea service was made in England in about 1790 and it consisted of a teapot, sugar bowl, and a cream jug (creamer). During the latter part of the George III era, coffee pots were added to the service. It may be safe to assume that afternoon tea reached the height of its popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901). At this time, tea and coffee sets now became larger and more elaborate to reflect how special the occasion was. This was when the tea kettle with its’ stand and the waste bowl were introduced to the set. The extension of the tea and coffee service helped accommodate this more extravagant experience. It thus became quite fashionable for taking mid – afternoon tea at this time and it became a ritual. As tea is still so popular in London, some of the more established hotels have carried on this tradition to serve afternoon high tea. Now small cakes, scones, as well as sandwiches are served with high tea.