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Tea Time

Lenox Tea Set

Walter Scott Lenox, a pottery maker, founded a small business called the Lenox Ceramic Art Company in Trenton in 1889. Within a decade, the Lenox name was synonymous with fine china, and some of the company’s work was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution. Lenox changed its name to Lenox, Inc. in 1908 as it diversified its product line and distributed its wares globally. During the Great Depression, a group called the Women’s Division of the Architects Emergency Committee commissioned Lenox to produce a tea service set, which was  sold to raise money to help unemployed architects. More than five hundred tea sets were created and sold under the group’s auspices. This Lenox set, made in 1932, was purchased by Katharine Winthrop Kean (a resident of Liberty Hall and mother to Captain John Kean) and is the only known complete set still in existence.