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 ~