Thumbpiece: A cast projection on a tankard, jug, or pot for resting the thumb. Also called a billet.
Terminal: The end of a spoon or fork that is opposite from the bowl or tines.
Tarnish: The discoloration that builds up on silver when exposed to air.
Tankard: A drinking mug with a hinged lid, a broad flat base, and a substantial handle.
Tableware: All utensils, plates, glassware, and decorative objects used on the table for meal service.
Tang: The long, slender projection on a knife used as a means to attach the blade to the handle.
Tantalus: A decorative stand or case for holding liquor decanters, popular in the mid-19th
century to early 20th century. Lockable versions appeared c. 1870 to help ensure wealthy
homeowners their servants weren't helping themselves to the precious contents. The name
is derived from the word "tantalize."
Tea Chest / Tea Caddy: A lockable container for holding tea leaves. Tea was introduced to
Britain in the 17th century, and it quickly became a highly prized, expensive commodity. A
locking container for tea was originally called a tea chest, but became to be known as a tea
caddy by the end of the 18th century. The word caddy is derived from the Malay word "katy"
which is a unit of weight for tea.
Tea Kettle: A vessel, resembling a teapot, made for holding hot water and usually accompanied by
a stand and spirit lamp.
Tea Urn: A large urn with two handles, domed lid, and a spigot or tap used for holding hot water.
Teapot: A covered vessel used for steeping and serving tea.
Tazza: The Italian name for a compote.
Tea Bell: Smaller than a dinner bell, the tea bell was used to summon a domestic servant either during the tea
service or at the dinner table. In the late 19th century, some silver manufacturers made bells with handles to
match their flatware patterns; today, new versions can readily be acquired.
Tea Ball: A perforated hollow container with attached chain into which loose tea leaves are
placed. The ball is then placed into a pot of hot water which allows the tea to brew without the
loose leaves getting into the water. Most popular circa 1890 to 1910 and still made today, the
tea ball fell out of favor with the introduction of the tea bag in the early 1900's. Also called a
tea egg or tea infuser.
Thistle Mark: The Scottish mark used in hallmarking guaranteeing sterling silver purity. Used from
1759 until 1979.
Tatting Shuttle: A device used when tatting, which is technique for making lace.
Tea Screen: A small screen used to shield the flame of a spirit burner from drafts.
Thimble: A small cup used in sewing to protect the finger that pushes the needle.