why this product

In Portrait of a Lady, Henry James wrote "there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." Whether you take your tea in the morning, afternoon, or drink it without ceremony, steeping your tea for three minutes precisely has been widely accepted as the right segment for a perfect cup.  This hourglass team timer runs at precisely three minutes, and is framed with a lustrous, oiled beechwood on the outside. About half an inch’s worth of leveled beechwood on the top and bottom protect the hourglass from cracking and four tiny pillars of beechwood surround it.   Beechwood is a medium to heavyweight wood known for its strength and abrasion resistance, and has a fine, tight grain. Its characteristics make it suitable as a protector for the lightweight glass and sand held inside. This tea timer was made by a German company that got its start by making high quality brushes. Adding the tea timer to their collection is an indication of their long held family tradition of innovation, and their respect for long held traditions of daily rituals. 

use & care

Make this tea timer a staple on your desk, kitchen counter, dining table, or wherever you are. It's so small that you could bring it along to the teahouse or cafe.  Since its purpose is for silent time-tracking with minimal handling, it will require very little care. If you'd like to spruce it up, use any wood polish on it with a damp cloth, and wipe dry.

production & design

When Friedrich Redecker (senior) became blind at the age of four, his parents enrolled him in the Soest school for the blind.  There, he began mastering the skill of hand crafting brushes, a standard trade for the blind. Redecker filled his life with love and was an avid player of chess, actively involved in several associations in North Rhine Westphalia.  His seriously driven, entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to quickly build up a small company, providing for his wife and three sons.  But keeping the family name alive and running with Redecker brushes wasn't easy, even despite having passed the trade down to children and grandchildren.  Redecker kept the company up until his death at age 72.  At that time, his sons had all gone in different directions and had no real intentions of carrying the family business on. But when Friedrich died in 1986, his youngest son, Gernot, decided to work off the current material on a short-term basis.  Gernot and his wife went to the pollack festival in Borgholzhausen to sell off the brooms and brushes.  Not expecting so much success and selling out during the first weekend, the Redeckers decided to order more material, leading to the Redecker brush makers continuation.   Sale success and market sellouts thrived and the Redeckers turned their house into a giant workstation, converting the living room into an office and the cellar into a production workhouse.  Upon hiring their first employees, the company had a celebratory lunch in their kitchen.  From there, they have expanded to a renovated barn, and then to a newly built office building with surrounding warehouses.
An interview published in Gebürstet, Redecker's brush magazine, in early 2009, announced that the third generation has been secured with Felix Redecker.  Felix noted that, though the company take-over has always been a topic of discussion in the household, he was glad that his parents, Gernot and Jutta, had never made the decision seem like an obligation.  After the interview, Jutta noted that when Felix was only eleven years old, he frequently accompanied his father on visits to suppliers and customers, taking notes like a regular Redecker businessman. 

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Oiled Beechwood Hourglass Tea Timer

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Hourglass tea timer made of oiled beechwood.  Running time of 3 minutes, the ideal steep time for a perfect cup of tea.  4" x 1." Made by a German company. Pairs well with our Irish linen tea cloth for tea time. Pictured with Natural Brown Irish Linen Tea Cloth. (more info)??


More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    4 inches tall x 1 inch wide (10 cm tall x 3 cm wide)

    German beechwood, sand, glass


  • Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000282381

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  • We accept complimentary returns within 14 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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