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Tea -- and the Teapot

Japanese Banito teapotThe CFA Foundation currently has our collection of teapots on display in the Feline Historical Foundation. 

The tea plant was first cultivated in India and exported to China during the fourth century. Merchants traveling the trade routes spread tea from China into Japan and southeastern Asia. In the early 1600’s, Dutch traders began importing tea into Holland, and shared small quantities with Britain and France.  The East India Company developed into a major importer of tea to Britain.
First used for medicinal purposes, the infusion of tea leaves developed during the Ming Dynasty in China (1368-1644). The evolution of the teapot also began during that period. Teapots were originally designed for single usage, and clay teapots from the YiXing region of China are among the earliest known forms.
In the 1700’s, the British began using silver tea services and developed the serving of tea into a ritual commonly known as “afternoon tea”.  The tea was served from the ornate silver teapots into delicate bone china cups and light sandwiches, scones or cakes were served on a tiered cake stand.
Clay TeapotColonization by the British brought tea to America, where it was taxed heavily. The famous Boston Tea Party was a revolt against an increase in British taxation on tea imported into America.
Each and every teapot contains the same features – a bowl to steep the tea leaves in water, a lid, a handle and a spout to pour through. Teapots can be found in a wide number of designs and mediums.

Pictured above: Left - Japanese Banito teapot, clay, handpainted, circa 1920. Right - Whimsical clay teapot.  Both items donated by the estate of Wilton E. Wheeldon. 

Alliance Community News

ANTIQUE WALK - The Feline Historical Museum will be one of the locations included on the "Antique Walk" taking place on East Main Street in downtown Alliance on Saturday, June 2nd. The museum will be open 9am to 5pm on that day. 
PHOTO CONTEST - The museum will also be taking part in the Canton Stark County Ohio Convention and Visitors' Bureau's upcoming  "I ♥STARKphoto contest that will take place between June 1st and July 31st.  Watch for more details in our next newsletter, but plan now to stop by the museum and take photos. 


Visiting the Feline Historical Museum

The Feline Historical Museum is located at 260 East Main Street, Alliance, OH. Driving directions are available on Google Maps.
The museum is currently open to the public:
     Tuesday 10am to 6pm 
     Wednesday 10am to 6pm 
     Friday 1pm to 7pm 
     Saturday 10am to 2pm

Our summer hours will start on June 1st! 
Effective June 1st, our summer hours will be Tuesday thru Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm.  
NOTE: For a special event on Saturday, June 2nd, the museum will be open 9am until 5pm. 

If you have a group or tour that would like to visit, please make advance arrangements by email to or by phone 330-680-4444 (during museum hours.)

Remember, the Maneki Neko Special Collection exhibit will be open from February 1st to October 31st, 2012.

Our Thanks to Recent Donors!

The CFA Foundation has recently received donations of:
  • Garfield and Cabbage Patch Koosas memorabilia from Elizabeth (Betka) Axe
  • Additional historical cat books, some in French, from Mrs. & Mrs. Andrew Kuhl
  • Porcelain cat dolls from Glenna Moore
  • Maine Coon Cat Club memorabilia from Lynne Sherer
  • First Day Covers, with Empire Cat Club cancellation stamp, from Lynne Sherer and Beth Hicks
We thank them all for their generosity!


GC NW Groovycats Alexander the Great

Summerville Art --

The CFA Foundation owns several pieces of art, both color as well as black/white, by the late CFA judge, George Summerville.  This particular piece is GC, NW Goovycats Alexander the Great, a brown mackerel tabby and white Maine Coon who was CFA's 18th Best Cat in the 1990-1991 show season. 

Besides being a popular CFA judge, George was also an extremely talented artist and the Foundation is honored to be displaying his work.  

Donated by Pat Idleman.
New Museum Hours

Our New Summer Hours

The Feline Historical Museum will be open during the follow SUMMER HOURS, starting on June 1st. 

Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Saturday 9am - noon
We look forward to greeting visitors during these new hours, and answering any questions you may have about our feline artifacts. If you have a group that would like to visit, please email us to make arrangements. 

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