Nelson was a tea drinker
Today is celebrated across the United Kingdom as Trafalgar Day, the day when Lord Horatio Nelson convincingly beat the combined fleets of France and Spain at the Battle of Trafalgar, but Nelson didn’t get to see the final victory after being slain by a sniper’s bullet. Now, you maybe asking what has this got to do with UKVending? Well we discovered that Nelson was a great tea drinker even having his own specially commissioned small silver teapot with a wooden handle, ivory finial and long tapering spout, engraved with an ‘N’ on it.
The teapot is now in the hands of speciality collector Nirmal Sethia’s hands. As owner of Newby Teas, he is passionate about exploring the history of historic leaders and their love of tea. With a collection of over 1,700 pieces, it is one of the largest in the country dedicated to tea.
Other pieces in his collection worth £160 million include a 1,000 year old Chinese Song Dynasty set and a hand painted tea service from the court of French King Louis XVIII.
But it is not just long-gone world leaders that are known to love tea as Newby Teas regularly supplies tea products to Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, not surprising when his top of the range diamond encrusted caddy of luxury Muscani tea costs £1,500 each.