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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Prince Harry And Meghan's 1st Anniversary and a Rustic Apple Tart


Hello and welcome to a post I did for the first anniversary of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.


Amazing that the wedding was may 19, 2018...


and was watched on TV by many here in the US and arond the world...


The wedding took place at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Frogmore Cottage is now the residence of the Duke and Duchess and their little son Archie who was born on May 6th...


I decided to do this post after finding a 1950s Royal Albert teacup depicting Windsor Castle... a rarely seen design on a teacup... from a series they did through the 1950s called Traditional British Songs.


The song Windsor Castle represents is Land Of Hope And Glory, a wonderfully patriotic song that rallied many during World War II.


As a further patriotic note, on the back is a bouquet of flowers... each representing a different part of the United Kingdom...
The flowers are a pink Rose for England, a purple thistle for Scotland, a yellow Daffodil for Wales and green shamrocks for Ireland.


I haven't had a teacup from the series for a couple of years... I love them all!




And of course we need tea! I got this commemorative tin of English Breakfast tea featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the other day... again from the New English Tea Company in Coventry, UK, close to where my husband grew up...


And for a tea treat... not something royal, but a way to use up some apples!
I made a rustic apple tart...
and served it on the family inherited Noritake Revenna...


And am happy to report it was delicious and didn't last long! Lol!

the link to the recipe on myrecipes.com is HERE

The mug and the teacup are available at Antiques And Teacups. For more info, click on the photos.

Thanks for joining me! Been a difficult week... my husband has had a cold which plays havoc with the Parkinson's medications... but we can do this!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Violets And Cross Stitch Tea, Royal Things

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day... and celebrated the nurturing going on in your life... physical or spiritual!


Of course, I had to have an antique postcard!


I did a small tea in the sunroom this week... we had gorgeous spring weather in the 70s... lovely!


I was re reading one of my Victoria books... The Art Of Taking Rea, and realzed I had some Violet things around, so... voila! A Violets tea!


I did this cross stitch in 1990 and it lives in our bedroom by the bed.  And it has Violets!


I had found this Violets tea caddy recently, and it was a fun bit of research to track down the maker. 


The design was by Crownford Giftware Corp from New York, but it was made in England.  Now there was a Crownford in England that came about from a merging of  Eizabethan/Taylor and Kent and Rosina/Queen's china, but  Crownford Gift Corporation was only in existence from 1964-1973, so I don't think they were related.
Anyway, made in England by an unknown pottery.


And of course, we had to have a Violets teacup. I think maybe I have shared this one before, but it was handy... I love it! But then I love Violet teacups!


The Violets teacup is by Samuel Radford's England, and from the mark was made just at the end of the potteries life... from 1938-1957, when the pottery closed.
Radford's was another of the potteries that shakily survived World War II, only to be unable to survive in a difficult business climate with difficulties finding supplies, a work force, and designs that matched the post war culture.


The other Violets item I found is a 2 piece over-the-cup tea strainer with matching drip catching under bowl.
I f you read my last blog about pattern decals crossing over brands, this is another one... seen on Royal Patrician, Allyn Nelson and many others in the 1980s. We sold a lot of these by Royal Patrician in the 1980 unitl the pottery went of of business in 2009.



When I saw it, I just assumed it was Royal Patrician, so was surprised to find it marked by David Michael China, Staffordshire. And, try as I might, I could find no info on the company at all, so conclude it was another of the small, short lived independent potteries in Staffordshire in the 1980-1990s.
I love the research on these potteries!

For more information on any of the items shown on Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.


And May 19th is the 1st wedding anniversary of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex...


who also welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison on May 6th.
Congratulations to the family!


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Pattern With Many Makers Burgundy Rose

I don't know about you, but it's fun to find matching pieces in a pattern... and then surprising when you find out that although the pattern is the same, the maker is different.


This is a lovely pattern called Burgundy Rose that first came into my life through assing a line of new English bone chna and ceramics to our then bricks and mortar antiques and tea items shop in the latter part of the 1990s. The Southern California importer Herman Dodge, contracted with several of the smaller and newer Staffordshire potteries.


a photo I took of a bottle kiln in Staffordshire in the mid 1990s...

 These smaller potteries managed to make it through what I call the "second big slice and dice" in 1992, when many of the large and famous Staffordshire potteries either ceased to exist at all or merged and disappeared. Many of the bigger ones had already been gobbled up and retired in the late 1960s... like Shelley China.

Anyway, the removal of some of the larger potteries left skilled workers needing jobs, and a slice of public buyers resisting cheaply made and unhealthy far eastern ceramics, and hence formed small potteries.

One of these was Royal Patrician, who made extremely good bone china and ceramic items, and we stocked their wares.


And one of the popular patterns was called Burgundy Rose...
Royal Patrician closed in 2007 and Herman Dodge in 2009, so it's amazing we even have a piece left... but we do because it got packed in a wrong box and only unearthed a year or so ago...


You can see the Royal Patrician mark...
We had teapots, honey jars, tea strainers, plates, teacups and mugs in the pattern....


and a Burgundy Rose spoon rest... also only because it was mislaid in a move in 2002...


also with the Royal Patrician mark.

In 2004 though, Royal Patrician had some difficulties and some of the molds and decals were taken over by another small English pottery called Allyn Nelson...so...


Same Burgundy Rose decal...


But a different mark...

Also appearing and entering the scene around the same time is Crown Dorset and a few others... reviving a name that had been unused since 1937....
and using the same decals of Burgundy Rose...
there are at least 2 other potteries who used it as well..


Decals are usually made by a decal company who sell to potteries that don't have their own designers.


which explains why many of the smaller potteries have the same design...
and ever heard of copycatting? There are and always have been spies looking for a popular design to pirate or adapt more cheaply than the big potteries to compete for market share... it certainly still happens with clothing and designed accessories, doesn't it?
Some of the historic examples are what we call Blue Willow, Asiatic Pheasants and jasperware. On pottery had a designer that originated it, it was a hit, and suddenly many potteries were putting out their own versions and buying the decals the decal makers came up with.


So, unless you are just wanting to find pieces by pattern, and not by only a specific maker, it is easier to add to your set or collection...


And there are still pieces of Burgundy Rose out there...
but possible by another or related pottery.
It sure is fun looking, isn't it?

So, have a cup of tea, and rake a minute to enjoy the design... and if it's an English teacup, chances are it's from a closed pottery with the skills gone and lost...
THAT is sad!  In a generation, there will be few skilled potters and decorators alive in England... and so much will be lost.
On my soap box... think twice before you buy something from China ...the quality is not there, and it is putting another nail in the British ceramics industry.
Okay, off my soap box!



If you are interested in more info any of the above items at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Happy Mother's Day, and Remembering And on This Date in London at Harrods

Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday May 12th...I did think it was May 5th, sometimes things are so hectic around here my dated get crossed...for everyone who is a mother or who has "mothered". ie nurtured and mentored someone!
and this weekend is also Kentucky Derby Day... 


I am doing a trip down memory lane today, as I am not sure what I'll be doing with a spate of visitors and visits planned. But I remembered that a few years ago this week we were in London for our week at the start of our then annual month long buying for Antiques And Teacups and Time Was Antiques and visiting trip in England, and wanted to share one of our favorite venues for tea...both posh and pleb....Harrod's super department store in the Knightsbridge section of London....warning: photo heavy post!!! 





Harrods is a must if you visit London, although we didn't often buy anything among the designer goods upstairs...one year brought back signature Harrods carrier bags as Christmas gifts for everyone....





Most things were beyond our budget....except the Food Hall in the basement!





  There are lots of tea items in this post...but only one teacup...and here it is....





From the posh Georgian Restaurant on the second floor...to the plebian...if you can call it that...Food Halls...an amazing place! These photos are from several different annual visits....and I hope you can get a feel for the place...you will find everything for a meal, a picnic tea or eat in the various eateries and cafe's scattered around....





The scope of the place is amazing...a cavern of gastronomic treats....and so many trained staff with specialties in their areas whether tea, coffee, pastries, meats or any type of delicacy....








All surrounded by marble, mosaics and a fabulous art nouveau vaulted ceiling!   And the wonderful choices! Get ready to drool...you are spoilt for choice, and a quick decision is difficult to find here....









Are you hungry yet???





 There is always a trained staff of tea sommeliers on hand to help you choose the right blend as well....we always plan at least an hour wandering around in the Food Hall, then choose our items and find a table and enjoyed. The place is an experience I hope each and every one of you gets to experience some day. It's one of things that we miss now we can no longer make the trip to England, even though for the last 10 years we had been taking a ship across. But my husband's Parkinson's Disease makes the airplane flight to the east coast from here in Washington state undoable. So our visits home are at an end. But we were blessed to have gone so many times. We are very blessed and very grateful!



And of course... always tine of tea to bring home as gifts. 
Lovely!
Hopefully you can have a lovely tea time with someone you appreciate this weekend!

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