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Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea With A French Flavor

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...this week with a French flavor!

We have been overwhelmed by the further destruction of the Nappa/Sonoma/Santa Rosa area fire...an area we know well. Having been raised on the SF Peninsula and spent many days and hours in the area, as well as our daughter and her family having lived there for 20 years raising their kids, so visiting often.
They moved about 8 years ago, and it has been devastating to them with friends and relatives still missing and massive proerty damage. It was a bit difficult to do a tea, but our daughter thought it a good idea, so...

My background is a Limoges Paris France souvenir plate, showing all the famous landmarks. I have been to Paris a number of times...with my Aunt when I was 20, when we stayed for a month on the Rue Honore' in a pensione. After I married, we spent a week in Paris with a nephew, and visited several other times while in conjunction with our annual month in England. 
As my husband's disease makes it impossible for him to travel that far anymore, we are so grateful for the time we spent there and the surrounding areas over the years.

The mark is one I can't identify. Limoges is often mistaken for the maker's name, but it is actually the town/area in France that has given it's generic name to all the potteries in the area. It's like some of English china says Made In Staffordshire...but that's a large are of many potteries. Because this was made in the 1950s it has the French Government La Seynie mark guaranteeing it was made in Limoges, and that is is fine porcelain. The C and crown is a potter, but not in any of my references....

My teacup is actually a teacup trio, made between 1900-1910. It is also from Limoges, France, but has additional information in the marks.
The marks indicate the pottery is Haviland, and it is one of the most beautiful Haviland patterns I have ever had.

Additional marks even tell me the designers of the pattern...GDA or Gerard, Dufraissiex and Abbot.

To hold our tea, we have something with a French accent, but from an English pottery made for Quebec, Canada...a Sadler Cube teapot, cream and sugar...

Sadler made the cube in several different sizes, from miniature to quite large. This is the 16 ounce size, so it holds 1-2 cups.

The other nice thing is it has a wonderful iridescent luster finish and comes with the matching sugar and cream too...

The teapot set was made in the 1950s. Sadler made a lot of souvenir items. Love them!

When you travel, you bring home small souvenirs...this is a miniature Arc de' Triompe I brought home...

And my miniature Eiffel Tower. My aunt and I walked all the way up to the top...it was amazing...and exhauting! They off for chocolate and croissants at a sidewalk cafe' in celebration....

For tea we have Harney & Sons aptly named Paris. I got a sample with my last order of Tropical green tea...which describe as:

A Fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors, and a hint of lemon and bergamot.
Quite nice!

And for a French tea treat, madeleines! I have shared the recipe before, but here it is again from my post in 2016...they are so easy to mae, they appear in the cookie jar fairly frequently...

The recipe I used is from a smallish book titled The London Ritz Book Of  Afternoon Tea by Helen Simpson published in 1987...I picked it up at the Ritz as a souvenir after having tea there that year for my birthday....

I love the chapter title of the book which includes the Madeleines recipe...Foreign Cakes And Wicked Cakes...and says:

"Such cakes hold a frisson of wickedness to the English cook, as they glory in quantities of cream and chocolate and tooth-deep frosting. Sweet sirens of the cake world, they are as smooth and rich as film stars."

Little French sponge cakes Proust said were "richly sensual under it's severe religious folds"...well!


2 medium eggs
1/2 cup sugar
8 tbs or 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
finely grated rind of 1 lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup self rising flour


Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Lightly butter 2 madeleine tins.
Beat the egg yolks and sugar until thoroughly mixed but still bright yellow. Beat in the melted butter, lemon rind and juice, then sift the flour over the surface and fold in. Stir in egg whites with a fork; then beat them well into the mixture

Spoon a small amount of the mixture into each mould and bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes. Cool slightly in the moulds before gently easing onto wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 24 madeleines

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Thank you for joining me for my French flavored tea today. I hope you will join me praying for the devastation in California...and so many other places in the country...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Items added at Antiques And Teacups

Well I haven't posted new goodies for a few weeks with a break that was intentional, and an unplanned one with healthissues, so thought I start this weekly post again....have had several requests on Facebook for me to do it again, so...

Purple Aqua Teapots Teacups Padded Potholders Pair of Hand Made Support Animal Charity

Sugar Tongs 1876 Victorian Hallmarked Sterling Silver Exeter England 

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Imari Victorian Transferware Tea Plate Radfords Gorgeous 1890s Polychrome Transferware

Edwardian Blue Biscuit Jar Barrel Tower Of London New Hall Antique 1900

Sugar Tongs English Hand Engraved Spoon Ends Vintage 1920s J Elliott Sheffield

English Teapot Brown Paisley Chintz Tea Pot 1930s Vintage Art Deco Shape

Rosina Lilies Cup And Saucer Artist Signed Bentley Hand Colored 1930s Pale Blue

Rural England Polychrome Transferware Charger 1930s Midwinter 11 Inch Plate

English Cake Plate With Handle Tidbit Server Floral 1940s Burgundy Gold

Cross Stitch Embroidered Tablecloth 48 Square Tea Cloth Bridge Cloth Fall Colors

Regency Yellow Daisies Cup And Saucer English Bone China 1950s

Well that's a few examples...can't list them all!
I have also been adding to my primarily English website

which includes fine jewelry as well...
Lots to keep me busy!

Hope to see you for tea and Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Paisley Pumpkin Tea

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
First of all, I want to wish my Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving with an antique postcard!
I hope your Thanksgiving is full of friends, family, food...and a bit of tea too!

I've titled my tea today Paisley Pumpkin Tea...
The sunroom is again the venue...only room in the house light enough for photographs...

I moved in the metal Counting Our Blessings sign from where it hangs on the firelace mantle in the living room at this time of year....
it is something we take very seriously...
my husband's neurologist said the same thing in clinical terms about his Parkinson's Disease this last week...
it could be so much worse...
we are so very grateful...

It's very difficult this time of year to think in other than earthy tones, mimicing the changing colors of the leaves on the trees and littering the ground... at least it is for me...

My first teacup for our tea party today is by a favorite maker...Rosina, England....

I love the fall colors in the hand colored on brown transferware chintz band on this pretty teacup... 

Rosina is a favorite vintage maker of mine...nice quality and lovely designs. 
The Rosina trade mark dates back to the Queen's Pottery 1887-1940 that began as Warrilow & Cope.  Rosina started being used in the 1941, and this teacup, pattern number 4984, was made by the mark between 1948 and 1952, so a narrow window.
Rosina (and sister brand name Elizabethan) were acquired but still used in 1988 by Crownford, who were then acquired by Churchill. Rosina as a trade name was retired in 1988.

And another fall patterned teacup is next...

This is a 1950s bone china teacup by Regency, England.  I just think it is such a pretty fall pattern.

Love the Daisies against the blue.... Regency was short lived among the Staddordshire potteries...opening in 1953 and closing in 2009. The pottery was able to survive several of the economic downturns, and had a loyal following. I had several customers who only bought Regency, and thought them one of the best around. When the pottery closed down production in 2009, it reopened under the Regency Porcelain Ltd. name, but is now only an importer and retailer of hard-paste porcelain manufactured in the Limoges style...mostly from China, I am afraid. Sad...

My teapot is a wonderful art deco shaped Paisley design from an unknow pottery in England.

This earthenware teapot has a wonderful 1930s design of paisley tht was so popular at that time. The teapot is a favorite, but definitely has seen a lot of use and is sort of a shabby, chippy survivor....it has seen a lot of tea parties!

The base has no maker's mark, only the Regestered Date number for 1929...an English system that recorded the date when a pattern was registered for use...sort of like a patent date. Love that!

And to have in the teapot...Dilmah Caramel black tea. It has a lovely flavor, and just the right amount of caramel sweetness.

I found these cute little paper mache gourds at Jo-Anns the other day, listed as vase fillers. But I used them in a Wilkinsons's brown transferware teacup in the Charlotte pattern...

For a treat for tea, I got some of the Seattle Shortbread Bakery organic gluten free shortbread pumpkins. When my allergies are not good, these are so pure I can still eat them! And they are so decorative and delicious!  

And the cookies are on this wonderful antique Imari patterned plate by Radfords, England with a hand colored on trasferware floral design with gold accents...I love this!

Samuel Radford. England was formed in Longton and Fenton in 1879. and had a high repute for excellent quailty highly decorated items. The company was acquired by Coalport in 1957 who actually intended to use the pottery to make Coalport China, but the potteries economic cruch was just beginning, and it never happened. The plan was abandoned, and the pottery was actually demolished in 1960.....sigh....

The mark on the plate has anothe Regestry Date mark, this time for the year of  1895, so the plate is Victorian or Edwardian. Lovely!

from Better Homes & Gardens magazine...

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