Advert for the Fountain Head Tea Mart
Medium: Print on paper
Tea was popular with all classes in Victorian society, but the way one drank it was a signifier of social status. Particularly telling was whether one poured the milk or the water first. The wealthy tended to lead with the water: they had bone china crockery that was wouldn't crack at boiling temperatures. The relatively underprivileged had cheaper earthenware, and so poured the milk in first to stop their cups cracking.