Slop Basin

Hi everyone!

Did I actually say “slop” in my title? Yup, I did.

Have you heard of a Slop Basin? It is a bowl or basin into which the dregs from teacups are emptied at the table.


For today’s tea I am using a pink depression glass bowl for my slop basin,

In the mid-18th century, a small bowl or basin was added to the tea table setting. The lady of the house would pour cold tea into it before refilling cups with fresh hot brew. As cups and teapots grew in size, so did the basin, and by the 19th century it was almost twice the as large as the sugar bowl. Today, slop basins are often mistaken for oversized lidless sugar bowls.



Just a pretty floral teacup and saucer today.


Double napkins in pink and green.


A vintage Johnson Bros ironstone square salad plate and a vintage cut crystal stemmed dessert dish.







A pretty white linen pink stitched dresser scarf.




Vintage crystal hummingbird stems from Avon.


Thank you for stopping by today for a spot of tea!

I’m joining:

Tea Time Tuesday

Tuesday Cuppa Tea

You’re Gonna Love it Tuesday

Let’s Dish!

Home Sweet Home

Feathered Nest Friday

Vintage Inspired Friday

 Pink Saturday


  1. Diann I love this tea table you've set! I never heard of slop bowl before but it makes sense! Love those square plates! Have a sweet week! Hugs, Linda

  2. I love your tea table and your dishes. Those table napkins are awesome. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Slop bowl.... I've learned something new today!!! You've set a beautiful tablescape!!!

  4. That is definitely not what I think of as a slop basin. Believe me, yours is so much nicer.

  5. A beautiful table setting and a very informative note on the bowl! I didnt know that! :)


  6. Great post! Slop bowls are also called waste bowls. Because they are a bowl, they are often confused as really big sugar basins. They are wonderful today for a nice bowl of whatever on a tea table! Love your pretty table setting. Perfect for a summer's afternoon tea! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  7. Hi Diann,
    What a beautiful pink 'slop basin'! It must be so much fun thrifting where you live. We have a much smaller area here to shop for treasures like yours. Cute teacup and white teapot. I like the JB square plate and your hummingbird glasses too. Another pretty setting! Thank you for joining me for tea today and have a beautiful day.


  8. Never heard of a slop basin, Diann, but it makes sense. Very nice photos! Susan

  9. I never heard of the slop basin either but I can see discarding the cold tea there makes lots of sense.
    Love your tea table. I have the same square plates and from what I can tell I have the same creamer and sugar. Love the embroideried dresser scarf. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

  10. Hmmmmm, a slop bowl on that beautiful table!

  11. I have never heard of a slop basin either, love your tea table, great treasures.

  12. Well, I have never heard of a slop basin but yours sure is pretty!! :)
    What a lovely tea setting,I love the vintage linen as well. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful night!


  13. Hello Diann
    Always nice to learn something new; a slop basin I've not heard of but...would definitely use one! I never drink my tea or coffee right to the bottom and one of these would be handy on the table. I'm going to Google this to see what I can use for my next tea that would look appropriate.

  14. Diann, your tea service is so beautiful. Love everything about it.

    Jocelyn @

  15. I LOVE tea. Grew up drinking it. HOWEVER, we never used a slop basin. INTERESTING tidbit of information.

  16. I learn so many new things from you Diann! Now I wonder if sugar bowls I have passed up at the thrift because they were too big were actually slop basins! Thank you for sharing at the party this week ♥

  17. Diann, your table is full of beautiful dishes, slop bowl included. ;-)

  18. It is all so pretty, even the slop basin! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Charm of Home. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. My eye was drawn to the candlestick! So pretty!
    Thanks for joining the Summer Fun table challenge at Let's Dish!

  20. Hello.
    My first time here. Visiting from Kathe's blog hop.

    I love tea, but I've never heard of a slop basin before. I like all the little pink touches too. I'm an incurable romantic and have a penchant for anything remotely pink...must be the romantic poet in me (smile). Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

    E is for: The Eyes Of Life

  21. Great idea for a spot of tea! The use of the scarf for your teascape is beautiful. I have some slop basins and and it is true about people thinking they are a sugar bowl. The pink and green colors are so soft. My favorite is the lovely pink flowered napkin ring and double napkin. Totally tea perfection!

    Thanks, Pam

  22. A table for tea has never looked so glorious! Love all the little details! Your photos are gorgeous!

  23. Lovely tea table, Diann. I think your salad plates match the bowls I used this week!

  24. Thank you for joining me at HSH!


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