Tea service set consisting of five pieces: a) coffee pot b) tea pot c) pitcher d) sugar bowl (with cover) e) Slop bowl. Britannia metal. Octagonal shapes with etched floral design and beaded borders. Raised flower forms knobs on cover.
This tea service set was presented to Mark Beaubien by his father Joseph Beaubien, and gifted to the Chicago Historical Society in 1929. It was repaired in March 1981.
This tea service set was owned by early Chicago resident, Mark Beaubien. After moving from Detroit to Chicago in 1825, Beaubien established the Sauganash Tavern at Wolf's Point, near the fork of the Chicago River. Named after a mixed-race British/Indian fur trader also known as Billy Caldwell, the Sauganash served as a hotel, restaurant, and social gathering place for Chicago's growing community of Yankee settlers, entrepreneurs, and merchants. Strong drink, hearty food, and the merry sounds of Beaubien's fiddle entertained customers and friends until he closed the establishment in 1834. Afterward, Beaubien ran a ferryboat service on the Chicago River and worked as a lighthouse keeper before moving, first to Naperville/Lisle, then to Kankakee after the Civil War. Returning to Chicago in 1880 for a reunion of Old Settlers, Beaubien hopped on a table with his fiddle and, much to everyone's delight, played a spirited version of "Fisher's Hornpipe" a familiar dance tune. When asked about Chicago's astonishing growth, Beaubien uttered, "There was no town; didn't expect no town."