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A7444-2 Tea cosy, 'The Cup That Cheers' motif, cotton, maker unknown, Australia, 1930-1960. Click to enlarge.

A crocheted cotton tea-cosy

The attention paid to the production of tea cosies reflects the importance of tea drinking in 19th and 20th century Australia. Indeed at a time when middle class women did not have outside employment and socialising was principally done in the home, the equipment and presentation of afternoon tea was a major social indicator. Domestic guides provide detailed instructions as to how the table should be set, what range of food should be presented, the type of conversation -- 'chatty and …

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Object Statement

Tea cosy, 'The Cup That Cheers' motif, cotton, maker unknown, Australia, 1930-1960

Physical Description

A tea cosy with a semi-circular shape and the same decoration front and back. Crocheted in white cotton, the central motif is of a tea pot with a cup and saucer on either side above a band which reads 'The Cup that Cheers'. The front and back have been joined by a crocheted band and there is an opening along the base of the tea cosy.


Crocheted text along the base of the tea cosy reads 'THE CUP THAT CHEERS'.



350 mm


350 mm



Cite this Object


A crocheted cotton tea-cosy 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 February 2023, <>


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