Recently I met a lovely lady who owned these gorgeous trios. I saw them sitting in the kitchen of an old church hall waiting, ready to be filled with hot tea, sugar and milk. I pulled out my phone camera and snapped away as their owner and I got to chatting.
What she explained to me is that trios like these were typical engagement and wedding gifts. How different from what is given nowadays don't you think and a world a way from the impersonal (though often very helpful) monetary gift giving. These gorgeous trios though have been and will continue to be cherished for a lifetime.