Modern and stylish, ca. 1900. That’s an interesting device for keeping the kettle warm.
Young women of that time must have been pretty desperate to get out on their own — to bicycle in corsets, puffy high-necked blouses, and large hats.
Beautiful, thick vines on the porch behind them. (You can click on the photo to enlarge it.)
. . .Tell, tell your griefs ; attentive will I stay,
Tho’ time is precious, and I want some tea.
— Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, from “Thursday; the Bassette- Table“