Friday, December 31, 2010

Royal Albert - Primulette

Here is a pretty tea cup that I found at a garage sale this past summer.  It was sitting on a shelf amongst a number of other cups.  It was a bit over-priced for me (lol ... anything over $4 at a garage sale is "too much" for a tea cup for me ... I love a bargain!).  It's pretty pattern asked me to take it home anyway despite the price tag.
Such a pretty bouquet of yellow and purple primula flowers painted on a Countess shaped cup.  No gold trim on this one!  Just a simple green around the edges.
 This pattern was introduced in the 1940's.  It looks like Royal Albert released a number of different shaped cups with similar bouquets of Primula flowers over the years.
~ Royal Albert ~ Bone China ~ England ~ Primulette ~ Reg. NÂș 843317 ~

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Royal Albert - Doris Shaped Tea Cup

I'm joining Martha's Favorites and Artful Affirmations for another Tea Cup Tuesday.  Today I want to show off one of my oldest tea cups in my collection!
As with most of my tea cups, I found this little blue cup at a garage sale.  It is well used and well loved.  The gold is waring off, but what can you expect after all those years?
Maybe one day I will find another cup like this one in a different colour!  It was produced in many different colours, such as yellow, purple, green and pink! 

This Royal Albert un-named Doris shaped tea cup was produced between 1927-1935, based on it's back stamp.  I wonder what the '6376' number means?

~ Royal Albert Crown China ~ England ~ 6376 ~

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Royal Albert - Moonlight Rose

This is one of my favorite china patterns.  When I was younger, I always admired it in the stores.
Moonlight Rose is such a classic pattern.  Beautiful and elegant.
~Royal Albert ~ Bone China ~ England ~ Moonlight Rose ~

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  I'm excited to join you for my first Tea Cup Tuesday.  I am going to share with you two tea cups that I have in my collection.

This is a lovey Royal Albert Montrose tea cup.  It does not have a pattern name.

It has a lacy gold design around the cup and saucer.

The second tea cup is made by Royal Tuscan.  I am not at all familiar with the company, but the back stamp indicates it is a member of the Wedgewood Group.

I found this little guy at a second-hand sale at my work.  It is quite well loved, as the gold paint is waring off in a number of places.  But I couldn't leave it behind as it was only $1.


I like the details throughout the design on this cup.

I am joining Martha's Favorites for a tea party this week!  Glad I found your blog and thanks for hosting!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Queen Anne Bone China

Here is one of my first china tea cups!
It was one of three tea cups that were given to me by my mom one birthday.
Cheerful pink flowers complemented by brown leaves.  So beautiful.
Queen Anne ~ Bone China ~ England

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Royal Albert - September Song

My parents came back from vacationing in British Columbia once with a wonderful find from an antique store in Revelstoke.  September Song is such a beautiful addition to my tea cup collection. 
 September is my birthday month and the month of my wedding anniversary.  I love this cup.

It has raised detailing around the base of the tea cup and around the edge of the saucer.  The teacup sits on a little petistal ... the tea cup shape is Gainsborough.  From what I can tell it was probably made in the 1970’s.

This is one of my favorite tea time treasures!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Royal Albert - Nell Gwynne Series - Drury Lane

I bought this beautiful cup from the granddaughter of a tea cup collector.  The original owner was downsizing, and unfortunatly needed to part with a number of her treasures.  The granddaughter said she kept a number of her grandma's cups, but could not keep them all.  This was the one at this sale that really caught my eye.

I love the happy print on this cup.  It makes me smile. 

As soon as I got home, I cleaned this cup up and sat down for a nice warm cup of tea.

The Nell Gwynne Series was produced between 1970 - 1980.  It is a Gainsborough shaped cup.  The other cups in the series are called:  Chelsea, Covent Garden, Lambeth, Mayfair and Richmond.  Each one features a different flower, and they are all quite pretty.

This cheerful cup could brighten up any day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dainty Sandwiches

Here are a couple fun sandwich recipes perfect for a tea party!

Egg Pinwheel Sandwiches
8 Hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/3 Cup Miracle Whip
1 Tsp Dijon mustard
Drop of honey
Sprinkle of parsley
Pinch pepper and salt
1 Loaf of bread cut horizontally
5 Spears of asparagus

Request your bakery cut your loaf of bread horizontally.  Mix together the first seven ingredients.  Prepare five of slices of bread by trimming the crusts.  Butter the slices of bread and spread with egg salad filling.  Place an asparagus spear at the end of each slice of bread.  Roll up tightly without squeezing.  Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.  Remove from wrapping and trim both ends.  Cut each slice of bread into 6 mini sandwiches. Yields 30 sandwiches.

Tuna Salad Finger Sandwiches
2 Cans light tuna packed in water
2 Stalks celery finely sliced
1/3 Cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp sweet relish
1 Tsp curry powder
1 Tsp lemon juice
Pinch pepper and salt
2 Loaves of bread

Look for two distinctly coloured loaves of bread at your favourite bakery.  Mix together the first 8 ingredients.   Butter 8 slices of one type of bread and spread on filling.  Top with the second type of bread, pressing lightly.  Wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.  Trim off crusts and slice each sandwich lengthwise into 4 fingers.  Yields 32 sandwiches.

Inspired from an article in Canadian Living, May 2008

Friday, November 5, 2010

Mason's - Strathmore c4897

This is a very special piece to me.  It was my Grandma's sugar bowl.  It was originally given to my Grandma by my Mom...well before my time.  It had a permanent place on the kitchen table at my Grandma's home.  When I see it, I think of her.

It isn't in the best condition.  There is a chip here and there, and there is the place that my Grandpa needed to do some gluing to piece it back together.  Isn't it a wonderful sugar bowl?

I am so fortunate that this sugar bowl now lives in my kitchen.  What a wonderful reminder it is of my Grandma ... I can think of her whenever I add some sugar into my tea!

~ Mason's Patent Ironstone China "Strathmore" England C4897 ~

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Paragon - Numbered Pattern

Here is another garage sale find.

Simple sky blue on the outside and a pretty floral pattern inside!

Based on the stamp on the bottom, this cup was likely produced between 1960 and 1963.  Too bad I can't make out what the numbered pattern is.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Queen's Fine Bone China - Royal Oak

Here is a lovely white tea cup I found at a living estate sale.  I almost didn't notice it, but then the lady hosting the sale pointed it out to me.

Sure glad she did!!

Such a simple and beautiful design

I haven't been able to find out much about this china company.

~ Est'd 1875 Queen's Fine Bone China ~ Royal Oak ~ Made in England ~

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Atlas - Tranquil Garden (named by me)

On our way to a local park, my husband and I were flagged down to go to a 'free sale.'  How intriguing is that?  Amongst the clutter in this family's yard, I found a little orphan tea cup.   

The artwork depict a dreamy place in which one could imagine themselves wasting away an afternoon, perhaps sipping tea and reading a book. 

The problem, of course, was that it had no saucer.

It remained saucer-less until I came across a most excellent selection of saucers at a local antique shop.  I guess there was a lady who collected saucers and managed to acquire 18,000 of them over her life time – and apparently this antique store was selling off quite a number of them.  There were probably only 1000 or so for me to look through to find a companion for my little orphan cup and I eventually found one that seems to do the trick nicely. 

While certainly not a perfect match, the saucer’s soft floral design seems to complement my little tea cup.

I was a bit curious about this ‘Atlas’ stamp on the bottom.  My brief search on the web did not help me out too much.  I think it might be associated with Grimwades/Winton.  I think that the stamp on the bottom might date it to 1934-1939, but I’m not certain. 

Anyone have any information on this little guy?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Royal Albert - Green Park Series

I found these cups at an estate sale.  They were owned by a true tea cup collector.  The table was laden with tea cups of all shapes, sizes and types.  Her daughter said that the family had already filled their cupboards with many of their mother’s precious cups ... and they still had so many left to sell!

I am happy that these cups have found their way into my collection!

I believe that these cups were produced between 1960 and 1970.  They are Chelsea shaped.  They come in six beautiful colours:  Green, Yellow, Purple, Blue, Turquoise and Pink.

Perfect for a tea party for two!!!