A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Antique Staffordshire, Antique Postcard, Valentine's Tea

Hello and welcome to  my meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea looking toward upcoming Valentine's Day.

The teacup trio I am sharing today is an antique set from the Potteries region of England. The Potteries surround Stoke-on-Trent where many of the most famous English potteries flourished because of the deposits of quality clay found there in the 1600s.

I found this set at an antiques faire in Worcester, England on a buying trip. The cup and saucer with matching plate are completely hand decorated with a pale peach banding, heavy dimensional hand applied gold hearts, dentil border and dots and further turquoise enamel flowers. The phtots just don't do it justice. The teacup trio is unmarked which is quite normal for early Staffordshire pieces. It may be a Grainger piece...that's my best guess. I love it! I thought the hearts were appropriate for a pre-Valentine's Day theme.

Here is an antique postcard dating to around 1910. The postcard says:
My Heart
Gold Is Nothing
Happiness Is All

How sweet a sentiment! This is called a Romance postcard and is a Real Photograph that has then been hand tinted. Cool!.

To see either the teacup trio or postcard at Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photos.

The following photos are from Country Living Magazine. The article was called a Valentine Tea and has an Alice In Wonderland theme. So cute!

I am joining the following tea related blog parties today. Have fun visiting!

Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tea With Friends


  1. This set is nothing short of exquisite. The little gold hearts are great way to start off the Valentine Season. Thank you for sharing it. Class in three pieces.

  2. I love the pale peach and turquoise on your trio set. So delicate and romantic with the hearts!

    Wishing you a very nice week!

  3. Those little gold hearts are just wonderful--what a beautiful set!
    I love the sentiment on the old postcard--reminds me of a poem we used in our wedding.
    Have a wonderful Monday!

  4. Your teacup trio is exquisite! The gold hearts and peach banding are beautiful.

  5. Hi Ruth,
    this tea srio is really outstanding. The raised decoration looks very interesting and luxury. Thank you for all this informations. I always learn something new on your blog. And the pink photos are so happy. Just the right thing for the upcoming Valentines day.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. Hi Ruth,
    Oh my, what a beautiful set! It must be quite stunning to see it in person. The colours are something else.
    The Alice/Valentine Tea is very cute and whimsical! Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea today.


  7. Beautiful trio! Love the little hearts and the vintage postcard is wonderful. Happy Tea Day!

  8. What a sweet postcard! And I adore the gold-trimmed tea cup and saucer. Just lovely!!! :)

  9. Gorgeous post! and the little gold hearts are so darling... love the accent blue... Happy TT..xo HHL

  10. uauu que linda aquisições!
    amei sua coleção!

  11. I love your gorgeous teacup! You take such good photos, too. The closeups are fantastic! Thanks for sharing and for hosting!
    Hugs, Cindy

  12. The Alice in Wonderland tea is darling! I would love to fall down a hole and find myself sitting at that lovely table of goodies!

    Your antique tea cup is pretty...and the postcard. I am fascinated with old things; they have a story to tell of by-gone days that I think is very interesting.

    Thank you for the lovely tea time!

  13. Lovely post. Your trio is truly beautiful. I love that you know so much about all this. I always enjoy reading your post.
    I would love to attend that Valentine tea party! It looks so pretty and delicious!

  14. Hi Ruth! What a stunning trio you have shared today! Oh - for a buying trip to Worcester!! Love the Alice tea - another literary favorite. We are never too old for a good fairy tale, eh?

  15. Gorgeous teaset ...Such a fabulous find and a fabulous place to find it....... Those little gold hearts are so unique .....Wonderful post as usual....Hugs

  16. Beautiful trio set! and thanks for sharing the Alice in Wonderland tea party! Fun!

  17. What a lovely set! Hand painted! Wow, love the vintage Valentines. Thank you for hosting and for sharing with A Return to Loveliness! You are a blessing,


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