A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

Welcome to the blog of Antiques And Teacups! Let's share a cup of tea and talk about the things we love...like teacups, antiques, collectibles, visiting England, antiquing and learning about victoriana and quirky gadgets. Fun!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Easter Week, Shelley Spring Bouquet Teacup, Antique Postcards

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! This week I have a spring theme as well as a an Easter theme, as that is fast approaching.

I am sharing a new to me Shelley England teacup from an estate group of Shelleys I recently acquired. This one was a pattern I had never had before in 25 years of collecting and dealing in Shelleys...

The pattern is called Spring Bouquet and is number 13561.

The pattern is a lovely mix of different spring flowers, with gold trim.

The pattern is in the Gainsborough shape, which is a favorite of mine, and the teacup and saucer was made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed. I love the twisting handle, pedestal and flaring rim. For more info, click on the photos or visit Antiques And Teacups.

I found a little friend this last week on a visit to JoAnns Fabrics for some material, and brought him home...

I just thought the little guy was so cute! His fleece is actually stiff fabric ruffles.  

I took these photos on a sunny afternoon in the sunroom, but today when I went to photograph my afternoon tea...it was cloudy, and not nearly so bright...but it is the Pacific Northwest, and sunny weather in spring is a bit unpredictable...

My little friend joined me with my Shelley teacup filled with Darjeeling tea from Harney & Sons and a plate of mini confetti cupcakes with bunny ear and egg confetti and mini lemon cakes...which I didn't make...and some milk chocolate Easter eggs I borrowed from my honey's stash....on my Shelley cake plate. The embroidered cloth I have had for years, and love the fine cross stitch and inset thread crochet.

Easter is a special time of year..cementing the meaning for Christians of their faith. But I also want wish my Jewish friends a happy Passover which begins today.

This is my Passover or Pesach plate I brought home from Hebron in Israel several years ago. To read more about it,the meanings of the symbols and to find my recipe for Choreseth, you can read my Easter week 2011 blog post about it HERE

So I hope you have a wonderful week! The message for Christians is bound up with the message of this antique Russian Easter postcard...

In Russian says Christ is Risen! The same greeting we would say in English...He Is Risen!
I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her Easter tea...

Below, there is the linky for your tea related posts. Please remember to take your time when linking up...sometimes he is SSSSLLLLLOOOOOWWWWW...but get's there. Helps us develop patience, I guess!   I love to hear from you! Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

London Transport Museum By Covent Garden

Hi there. I mentioned in my last post that I had more to share about the London Transport Museum by Covent Garden in London, England. Whenever we are in London, we are at Covent Garden at least twice a week for antique markets. We passed the Museum often and then decided to visit.

I am fascinated by old transport...having  inherited a huge collection of English railroad and transport postcards from my English Nana.  The card above is an 1870s real photo postcard of a London & North West Railroad  horse drawn parcel van....postcards at Antiques And Teacups

And this postcard is an 1880s L&NWR passenger van transporting passemgers between train lines in Holywell....so, we decided to visit the London Transport Museum...

The Museum covers a fantastic length of all sorts of transport from the early horsedrawn street cars and omnibuses...

through the Victorian period to Edwardian period motor drawn vehicles...

to the history and evolution of the Underground or Tube system which we enjoy when we're in London...

Last year was the 150th birthday of the Underground system and they had a gala celebration dinner at the museum...this photo of the dinner is from the DailyMail...

The Museum has a wonderful display of transportation signs, model railroads, underground maps...

And a collection of posters and artwork...

There is a gift shop, a snack bar, and as of last year a new cafe that is said to be very nice...

So if you have an interest in London's transportation system or want a nostalgic look at old London, this is a fun place to visit!

Have a wonderful weekend.  I am joining:
Vintage Thingie Thursday
 Mrs. Olson ~  http://jannolson.blogspot.com/

Share Your Cup Thursday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, The London Transport Art

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Kind of a different theme this week...again, things spin off what's in my life! 

My teacup this week...is a tea mug! A Dunoon, England bone china mug in a London transport design by famous British watercolourist Emma Ball.  Dunoon began with stoneware in Scotland...hence the name...but for the last 20 years has focused on their bone china business in Stone, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent in the potteries.

Sometimes it's tea in a cup and saucer, but sometimes it's a mug. Yesterday I sat in the sunroom with this mug full of a tea with a scone, and was going through my engagement calendar when...inspiration struck!  

The mug is such a compilation of London landmarks...and many around transportation themes...

And voila...I looked at the engagement calendar...

And there you have it! In the early 20th century, the London transport system of tube trains, trains and buses employed the best artists of the day to make advertising posters for the routes and places they served. They are so very evocative of the times and places, so I thought I'd share a few with you...

Viktor Hembrow, 1927...above

Robert John Gibbings, 1922

Elijah Albert Cox, 1916

Dora M. Batty, 1932

F. Gregory Brown, 1916

Haddock, 1912

What a fabulous glimpse of England and London in those departed days! I don't want to give this blog post a picture overload, so will do a blog post on Wednesday on the London Transport Museum...a place we love to visit. So...here is the linky for your tea related post and a list of some of the blogs I am visiting. Until then...

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Tea With Celia
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Tea On Tuesday
Miss Kathy ~http://www.thewritersreverie.com/
Tuesday Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Lady B & Dame Ruthie http://ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com/
Time For Tea
Tuesday Tea Time
Tea On Tuesday
Bernideen’s ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Tea In The Garden Tuesday
Lavender Cottage  Tea Time
Tea In Texas
Playing With My Camera Teatime           
Tuesday Blog Shop
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Tuesday And Wednesday Tea
What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday

Remember to give the linky some time to load...sometimes it is slow. So take a sip of that cuppa and be patient!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Has Entered The Building...

Or at least here in rain soaked Washington State...finally...

It took them long enough this year! And the advent of April reminded me to check my favorite Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady...

Which I love to do each month. So, the other afternoon, cup of tea in hand, I sat down to visit the now vanished rural Warwickshire, England...where my and my family and my husband is from...of the Edwardian era...through the watercolour drawings of a talented lady...

This is a sepia photo of the author and artist Edith Holden. Due to the glossy dust jacket, it didn't photograph well...

Among the drawings are collections of poetry, folklore and interesting facts and observations that took her fancy...April was named for the Greek word meaning "opening"
"When daisies red and violets blue
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
And Ladie's Smocks all silver white
Do paint the meadows with delight"

April weather, rain and sunshine both together

When April blows his horn
'Tis good for hay and corn

With paintings of emerging butterflies , blossoms and plants...

I love the swallows here...

What a talented artist and observer. Especially precious as the things she saw as so familiar have largely disappeared. The book always seems to leave me with such a feeling of peace, with a little nostalgia for lost times thrown in.

And from a visit last year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival...which opened yesterday here is the 2014 poster, and pictures I took before a storm hit....it is Washington State, after all...

I love this photo of the TulipTown shuttle tractor with the clouds and mountains in the background. An annual treat for us here by Seattle.

I am joining the following blog parties...including Pink Saturday, so here's my pink! Have a great weekend!

What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday
 Coloradolady  ~ http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/
Vintage Thingie Thursday
 Mrs. Olson ~  http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday
Tea Time Thursday
Pink Saturday


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