Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tea Cup Thursday - Apple Blossom Time

Truly one of my favorite chintz tea cups. The pattern is Apple Blossom and is is made by the Kent company in Longton, England. The flowers are so pretty, a real harbinger of Spring. Even the handle is strewn with blossoms. I got this and the following pieces of chintz at an antiques mall. Dame Ruthie and I swooned over the fact that they were all 50% off! Can you imagine? So I had my heart set on a little tray,one-person tea pot, matching cup and miniature toast rack. The tag said $179.  (or so I thought, not having my glasses on) so I did quick calculations in my head and figured I could buy this charming set for @ $90.00  A bit pricey but I really loved it. When I got to the check-out the salesgirl said she would put an even $1,000. on my card. Stammering, I said please explain your type of math as opposed to my type. She explained that the price tag read $1,790.00 which,adding sales tax came to $2,000.00 So of course 50% of that would be $1,000. Many thoughts ran through my head not the least of how can I sneak this home without my husband's knowledge? The saleslady was so nice. She took me back to the sale and I came home with three treasures all of which did not add up to $90.

Chintzy?? I think not!

This candy dish was purchased on the same trip. It's pattern is "DuBarry" made by James Kent Ltd., Longton, England

This sweet chintz cup was found at the same antiques mall. I got it for a song and am still singing it praise.

Another fine example by Taylor and Kent

Tea Cup Thursday Diana and Charles Commemorative

I found this tea cup in a second hand shop and was thrilled because, although I have MANY commemorative mugs of Charles and Diana's wedding, I never had a delicate teacup. The saucer design is unique and rather unbalanced. but I really love it.

The back of the tea cup.

The saucer is rather curious because it contains the Prince of Wales' motto. Ich Dien which is German for I Serve. Remember, German was spoken at the Palace since the times of Henry the 8th.

As you can see, it's my English bone china

Tea Cup Thursday - The Little Black Teacup

Who needs a "little Black Dress" when you can have a little black tea cup? Sure it looks demure, but there's a surprise inside!

See the pretty surprise inside!

Such a sweet saucer.

It's bone china by Taylor & Kent from Longton, England

Who knew I would love a black teacup so much!