The Traditional Tea Tray and Table
"The traditional tea tray and table. this diagram shows a tea table set for eight in the tradtional way. Three cups, each stacked with its own spoon, sauce, napkin, butter knife and plate, are at the right and left of the tray, on the table; at the upper left is a platter of cookies or cake; in the middle between the cake and a plate of napkin-covered toast in the upper right corner, are two jars for jam or honey. The tea tray is at the lower edge of the table, with the kettle at the back and the tea put directly in front of it. Sugar and cream (the sugar to the left of the cream) and slices of lemon are set to the right of the kettle; the bowl for the dregs, oblong tea caddy, and a strainer to the left. A cup, arranged like the others, is set in each lower corner of the tray."
Vogue's Book of Etiquette: a Complete Guide to Traditional Forms and Modern Usage by Millicent Fenwick. Diagrams and drawings by Charles Rieger. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1948. BJ1853 .V6 1948