I just got out the book Tea With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson to share a quote and realized that I recognized the teacup on the cover! How fun! The book has all sorts of great information about Jane and tea related quotes taken from her novels. There are also teatime recipes and little snippets of tea lore. All together a fun book.
I am sorry to hear that there has been a rise in tea. I do not mean to pay Twining till later in the day, when we may order a fresh supply.
from a letter from Jane Austen to Cassandra, 6 March 1814
from page 30 of Tea With Jane Austen
The teacup is by Royal Crown Derby in a pattern called Blue Mikado that has been made since the days of Jane Austen and was quite popular. Twining would be thrilled that his tea was drunk from such a teacup!
More photos and information about this teacup at Antiques And Teacups
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Have a great weekend. It's cool and damp here ...oh, really? But we have tea and chocolate covered shortbread for tea, so who cares??? Cheers!