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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Teacup Thursday Art Deco Teacup And Shelley Acacia Plate

Hi and welcome to Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser's Tea Blog.

I am sharing today another teacup I found on my travels to Poulsbo 2 weeks ago. If you followed my blog, you know I have a weakness for the vintage hand colored on transfer art deco design teacups that were popular with English makers in the time between the 2 world wars. The art deco design ethic was the latest thing is modernity and was a total change from the Victorian and Edwardian designs. Now, don't get me wrong, I love cups and saucers from those eras as well, but I think hand colored art deco cups and saucers are unappreciated.

Sampson Smith manufactured the Old Royal line in the 1930s. They had been around since the 1840s in Staffordshire and made a lot more earthenwares than fine china. They are especially know as the manufacturers of so called "Pot Dogs" for pottery dogs, mantel dogs or Staffordshire dogs that were wildly popular in the 19th century. Their last pottery closed in 1963, the era that put many of the long running potteries out of business, iincluding my favorite and specialty, Shelley China.

photos from stock items at Antiques And Teacups

This plate was made by Shelley China, England at the same time as the cup and saucer above and has the same design ethos. The pattern is call Acacia and it was made in several colorways. Now all we need is Red Velvet cupcakes, and scones with lemon curd....Mmmmmm!

Enjoy visiting the other participants of Teacup Thursday. I always look forward to it.


  1. Always such an informative post! Thank you - such a delight!
    Miss Kathy

  2. Shelley tea sets are so wonderful. They are getting very expensive now, especially over here in Australia where everything is exorbitant! You have a lovely collection of china.

    Best wishes and happy week,

  3. Thank you very much for the information on my footed tea cup! I love it so very much, and to think my original thought was to make a candle out of it and epoxy them together! Now i think not! I have several tea cups i am not familiar with and hope to find more info on them!

  4. I like the bright colors and floral designs on the china...I haven't seen any like yours before. They are very lovely.

    Have a great day and tea time!


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