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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, US Zone Teacups, Anniversary Coventry Blitz


Hello on a crisp, November day! Today started out at 25 and warmed to a scorching 44...them warmest we have been for several days, but the birdbath is still frozrn solid and the finches were ice skating today trying to find water to drink...BBbrrrrrr! Cold for here, but colder still to the east of us!


Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...with Veteran's Day just passed, and another war related anniversary...that I will share later in the post... just a few days ago, I have chosen to share some teacups and saucers from the immediate post World War II period in Germany called the Partition. After the war ended and plans were put into place to help Germany rebuild, the country was divided under the leadership of the Allies. The map below, from Google shows the zones...the Allied Occupation or Partition lasted from 1945-1952.


In the US Zone, which included Bavaria where many famous German porcelain potteries had been located, one of the first thing focused on was reopening the potteries to provide jobs and begin again bringing income into the country. And this is where my teacups for this week come from.



This is  demitasse cup and saucer from the Schwarzenhammer, Bavaria Germany pottery in the Black Forest near Munich. The pottery was a small one and was started in 1905 and closed in 1986, so the rebuilding under the Allied Occupation obviously re-established the business...



The mark clearly has U.S. Zone printed on the mark, dating it to 1945-1952. I LOVE the green stripes and gold overlay!



    The teacup above is another from the US Zone, another demitasse cup and saucer which were very popular in Europe for elegant after dinner tea or coffee, was made by Bayreuther, another Bavarian pottery. Bayreuth is actually a town in Bavaria where many German potteries were located, so the name is taken from the town. Not much more is know about this small pottery, or what it's commercial fate was after the Occupation.



    This cup and saucer, also from the Occupation Zone is marked for Porzellan Imperial, Bavaria. On further research I found that this was a trade mark that the aforementioned Schwarzenhammer pottery used at a different pottery, so I assume that it closed in 1986 as well.




    I always thought that this teacup looked like the embroidered ribbon on a Bavarian dirndl...the teacup and saucer is by the Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria pottery, one of the most famous from the area.  Royal Bayreuth from the town of Bayreuth Germany was founded in 1713 and had a long history with lots of different trade names. This incarnation was the 

    Erste Bayreuther Porzellanfabrik Walk├╝re Siegmund Paul Meyer


    you can see why I copied it....which after restoring operations under the Occupation after the war with 60 of their pre war 400 employees, by 2008 had become one of the most prestigious manufacturers of hotel china in Europe...truly a Phoenix like success story.



    This is my last example...another success story. Tirschenreuth began in Bavaria...in the Bayreuth region also, in 1838. It was acquired by Hunschenreuth Selb in 1926. The Occupation restored several potteries under the Selb leadership, and Tirschenreuth is the pottery this gorgeous teacup is from. LOVE all the gold! Tirschenreuth was forced to close due to financial problems in 1994.  Therewere many more Occupation potteries established as well, but these are the ones I had examples for. The first 2 teacups are available at Antiques And Teacups, and the others are from my archives. All photos are mine.



    November 14, 1940 the skies rained down bombs on Coventry, England, a large industrial city just north east of Birmingham in what is called the Coventry Blitz. The Germans claimed the intense bombing was in retaliation for the bombing of Munich...which followed the London Blitz. The photos here are from the Cabinet War Room archives, Above is Winston Churchill visiting the ruins of the 14th century Coventry Cathedral....



    The bombing was something that was important to both my husband's and my families...living very close to Coventry. I wasn't born, but my husband was a mall babe in arms and remembers stories from his family....


    A horrible day during World War II for the family of my husband, living in Birmingham, England 20 miles away. Along with his younger sister, he was not evacuated to Wales for safety with his 2 older sisters. His oldest brother was serving in the war in the Coldstream Guards of the Queen's Brigade of Guards, where my husband was to serve his army service later in peace time.


    The bombing was remembered as horrific and John often wonders how his parents coped with the terrors of war  and just trying to feed the family between times spent in the bomb shelter at the end of the garden.  Coventry was a strategic site for the bombers because of it's heavy industrial plants and rail interchanges. Over 1200 people were killed and most of the city was destroyed. John's father and brother who was on a short leave had walked to the bridge over the railroad bridge close to their home and watched the planes dropping their payloads and the subsequent explosions and fireballs.

    As they stood there watching, John's father Sam thought he heard Annie, his wife, calling him so they left the railroad bridge and started quickly home. A few minutes later the railroad bridge went up in an explosion as it, too was bombed. Annie hadn't called, but if they had stayed they would have gone up in the explosion... 



    The ruins were not taken down, but preserved as a monument. The cathedral was rebuilt around and beside the ruins. A moving tribute to England, and it's people.  Not a cheerful post, I guess, but this is the season of thankfulness and remembrance. For an account of the bombing from the BBC, click HERE

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    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Green Transferware, Happy Birthday Washington State, Veteran's Day

    Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...on a stormy and windy evening here in Washington State...after a stormy few days with power outages and downed trees all around...but we managed to be unscathed....



    But this is the Pacific Northwest...first to get the storms that move in from the vast Pacific Ocean. This was the last of a big storm from out there in the Pacific. We are called  the Evergreen State...and there's a reason. So...I have an 1880s Antique Staffordshire green transferware teacup trio today.




    The cup and saucer with matching plate is unmarked ironstone, which is normal for this era. It was not really required until 1890, when the McKinley Tariff Act required that any item entering the US must have the country of origin marked on it, and as England exported vast amounts of china and other goods to the US market, they began to comply. In the earlier 19th century, marks were only used by big, important potteries, or celebrity wannabees....



    Most of the Staffordshire potteries didn't mark their wares either, although the British Registry system came into being...better known as the kite mark...in 1839 and many of the larger potteries used it.



    The mark gave wonderful information about type of wares, date and manufacturer....


    \These 2 graphics are from The Potteries.org...because I couldn't photograph any I had as well as these...



    But...alas...this set has none..although it is pretty easy to date by material, shape and transfer type. Transferware of the 1800s get usually lumped into the term Antique Staffordshire, because that's where 99% of it was made, from hundreds of small potteries that existed. Lovely things from another time....



    The reason I chose green this week IS for the Evergreen State...Washington State, because Washington was admitted to the US as a state on November 11, 1889...and this could have been sitting on a tea table as the news was celebrated.



    This is our state flag......



    And our state nickname.....Just a little flag waving here....



    I also want to remember our veterans...of all wars...who have fought for our freedom. We owe you so much.  My second cousin is entombed on the Arizona from the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. It is an eerie place to visit, as we did again this last April...



    It makes Veterans Day very close this year again, as it is for many of you as well. Thanks you...each and everyone who has served, is serving or supporting those who serve.....moving on....


    For those of you who don't think you can get your tea or coffee on a cruise ship, this is the Cafe al Bacio, which is on all Celebrity cruise ships. We did an Alaska on the Celebrity Millennium in September, and always love the coffee house feel here. They also have great Forte' tea!


    Comfortable chairs, tables, a view of the promenade deck and scenery, and...


    goodies!  Here is our tea tray for a tea for two one afternoon...



    Chocolate Almond Biscotti with the tea. The venue is also used for acapella groupp performances during the day as well as other smaller acoustic groups like a guitarist, string quartet or musical duets whether vocal or instrmental...and they are very good! This is the acapella group North By Northwest from Seattle on the cruise...one trip there was a group from Sweden...wonderful English...much better than my Swedish, which is non existent!


    So...there is tea aboard a ship...if you had any doubts!

    So thanks for joining me....hope you are having a marvelous week and aren't too stormy...it's quite windy here at the moment, so hopefully I can get this published in case the power goes off! 

    For more info on the Antique Staffordshire teacup trio at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.


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    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Guy Fawkes Night...Bonfire Night....I almost forgot!


    Today is November 5th, which is a major date on the calendar for Brits...Guy Fawkes Day...and Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night...so I am reprising this post from Nov. 3, 2013...

     source: Daily Mail
    source Museum Of London

    Everywhere around the UK from September and October, children collect money to pay for fireworks...and a few candies as well...for Nov. 5th, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Day. It is the historic excuse for huge bonfires and a bit of neighbourhood conviviality...and lately some political interest, but more about that later.

    source Google images

    Guy Fawkes, was an anarchist who tried to blow up England's Parliament building in 1607. The plot was foiled, and he was executed. The day has been celebrated in England ever since with bonfires, block or neighbourhood gatherings, roistering and fireworks. An effigy of Guy called "The Guy" is carted around as a collecting tool, as burnables are also scrumped, begged or lifted for the bonfire. The call is usually "A Penny For The Guy" although nowadays, much more is expected. When we were last in the UK in October, and out for a meal with the family at the local Harvester Restaurant, we ran a gauntlet of 3 guys and 6 kids at the entrance who wanted ponds and would have rioted at penneys....and I didn't have my camera with me!

     source Getty Images

     source Daily Mail

    source Bridgeman History

    One of the oldest images is this by the famous political satirist from 1827, Cruikshank...


    One of the modern thing that has come out of and is directly attributable to Guy Fawkes is the mask now used by the Wikileaks and Occupy groups who have adopted Guy Fawkes as their poster child and alter ego:


    That's where it came from....But...back to the fun side. Bonfire Night is probably best know for it's food and drink...with mulled wine and cider a favorite with the beer, and the custom from hundreds of years, of baking potatoes in the embers of the bonfire....



    Jacket potatoes as they are called in the UK are a big thing, and Bonfire Night is probably the source, although potatoes have been roasted forever in the embers of fires. There is a taste that is so exquisite!  There are baked potato carts, this one is in York....


    and whole restaurants with all the various toppings....like tuna mayonnaise, prawn mayonnaise, baked beans, curry, you name it! We took a young friend with us to England in 2001 which was a gift to her from her parents as a graduation present, because she had been a pen friend, or pen pal to a niece of ours whom we were taking her to see. Amy was a vegetarian, and quite concerned about what she was going to eat. It was her first time out of the USA. But when we got to our London hotel for a night before heading up to the Cotswolds for a few days on our way to the family in Erdington in the Midlands, she was thrilled and relieved when we pointed out a Jacket Potato restaurant just around the corner where we often ate. 


    The potatoes come out of the fire in their foil containers which keep the moisture in to steam bake them and keep them from burning and being too sooty. The foil is then peeled and the potato is eaten with a bit of butter when it is cool enough.  In honor of this...guess what we're having for dinner tonight! A favorite quick meal for us...a jacket potato with baked beans and cheese...Tofutti cheese for me!


    The poem commemorating Guy Fawkes is often read and even presented as a song....

    Remember, remember, the 5th of November
    The gunpowder, treason and plot;
    I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot.

    Guy Fakes, Guy Fawkes


    'Twas his intent,
    to blow up the king and the Parliament.
    Three score barrels of powder below
    poor old England to overthrow.
    By God's providence he was catch'd
    with a dark lantern and burning match.

    Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
    Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

    Hip, hip hoorah!
    Hip, hip Hoorah!


    Hope your evening is full of fun and goodies...but don't get burnt!


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