A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Teacup Tuesday, My Grandmother Emma Bridgewater & Her Teacups

Hello! It's time for Teacup Tuesday in all it's variations as I join the ladies who are listed below and many others!

This is my grandmother, Emma Bridgewater, who began and fostered my love of antiques and Victoriana. Yep...her name really was Emma Bridgewater and she was born in Leicester, England in 1881. She was born Emma Rice (unlike the potter Emma Bridgewater who was born Bridgewater and married a Rice!) and remembers going in a carriage in 1897 when she was 16 to watch the village roasting oxen on the green to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. She couldn't attend because she was just recovering from scarlet fever.

The photo above is Emma participating in a play at age 18 as part of a dramatic society she belonged to.  I inherited her curly hair...and a few health problems as well, by that's by the bay. ANYWAY, it was growing up listening to her memories of Victorian England that formed my love of the period. Then, when I was 16 she gave me her teapot and teacups. I have an older sister who was offered them first, but she was into Danish modern so I got all the family Victoriana. Yippee!!!

This is one of the teacups I received from my grandmother. The design is sn ethereal watercolor of swans and was made in Germany in the 1880s. It has a crack and a chip, but I treasure it!

This is another of my grandmother's teacups that I treasure. This is a Haviland, Limoges from the 1880s that is just beautiful.

In the top photo of the hair locket I inherited from my grandmother as well that is hand made and hand engraved and originally had a lock of hair in the back covered with an eisenglass window. After marrying George Bridgewater, another Englishman from Leicester, England, Emma became a nurse and decided that the hair was unsanitary and removed it. It is one of my favorite momentoes of  her and I wear it often.

So there are my teacups. I'm now going to visit all the other teacups. One of my favorite days! I am joining the ladies below, and others. I have to figure out how to do the linky!!!!

Wanda Lee~ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday 
Wanda Lee~ 
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee 
Tuesday Tea 
Tea Party Tuesday 
Lady Katherine~ 
Teatime Tuesday 
Teacup Tuesday
Martha's Favorites


  1. I have so enjoyed this post~ How wonderful that you know so much about your grandmother! I have very little info on my own. The photo is a treasure! The teacups are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing some history and beauty with us.

  2. How wonderful to have these treasures from your grandmother. The teacups are beautiful - I especially love the swan cup. The locket is pretty (I have my grandmothers jade ring). My mothers maiden name was Rice.

  3. OMG ..Your grandmother's teacups are so precious.. They are indeed a treasure... How lucky that your sister did not want them. Thank you for sharing this lovely story of your grandmother and her momentos. I'm sure that she's smiling down at you right now ...Beautiful Memories !!! Hugs

  4. What a dear post! I loved reading about your grandmother. You write so well and I can almost see her telling you about her life and choices.
    Her tea cups are very special, of course because they were your grandmothers, but also because they are stunning! The coloring and designs are so lovely. What treasures!
    Thank you so much for sharing about your dear grandmother with us.

  5. I loved knowing about your grandmother and how lucky you were for inheriting her china.
    That's the dream of every antique lover!
    The cups are gorgeous, I never care about minor chips or cracks, as long as they keep their beauty.
    This week I'm also posting an antique cup of German origin...
    Thanks for sharing your pretties... and your memories!

  6. grata por compartilhar a historia de sua avó,
    lindo texto!

  7. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful teacups, and reading about their history...lucky you!

  8. Hello,
    your grandmother had so very fine tea cups. What a luck you inherited them. Thank you for sharing this treasures with us.
    best greetings, Johanna

  9. Oh my dearest lady!

    What fabulously charming and exceptionally lovely teacups that your dear grandmother Emma Bridgewater bequeathed to you!

    Happy Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!

    Please always feel most welcome to visit me. This week marks my 98th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two' and also the '69th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.~ YOU ARE ALWAYS MOST WELCOME TO PARTAKE!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  10. Hi Ruth,
    Your teacups are just lovely and your memories of your grandmother are precious! Thank you so much for sharing this with Tea Time today. I hope you have a delighful week.


  11. What beautiful tea cups. And what a treasure that they belonged to your grandmother. I'm sure they are very special to you and such a sweet memento of her legacy.

    Jocelyn @

  12. Love your beautiful tea cup treasures from your grandmother. I love sentimental attachments of things passed on mpbyndear ones we love!
    Happy tea,

  13. Hi: You always have such beautiful tea cups. They are always cups I rarely see. Today's are just amazing. Thank you for sharing the story and the cups. Blessings, Martha

  14. Hello:
    Your Grandmother was beautiful. LOVE her gorgeous outfit. The tea cups you inherited are amazing. Talk about "they don't make them like that anymore"! Each their own little work of art. I enjoyed your post today. Visiting for the first time from Tea Time Tuesday.


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