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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Teacup Thursday, Spode Monticello Vines Teacup, Jubilee Mug Drawing

Hello ans welcome to my post for Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser and Vintage Thingie Thursday with Coloradolady.

Because it's President's Day on Monday, I looked to see if I had something related to an American President and found this Spode, England cup and saucer.

This pretty creamware cup and saucer was made by Spode in the 1970s as their contribution to the American Bicentennial. The design is called Monticello Vines and was a tribute to Monticello, the estate of Thomas Jefferson, which was known for it's vineyards. A nice show of support for the independence of the colonies...our English families said it was a great thing to get rid of the unruly colonies!

And speaking of the colonies in relation to England, a reminder of the drawing I am having for a Crown Trent, England bone china mug for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. 

To enter, click on the logo below, read the info about the drawing, and enter your name in the linky.

Tomorrow is our 38th wedding reservation, so we are heading off  by ferry to Victoria, BC for the day and the night. It's a favorite thing to do for special days. We sometimes stay at the Empress, 

but this year we got a better deal about a block away at the Hotel Grand Pacific, 

right across from the ferry dock and next to Parliament buildings. We plan to have afternoon tea, go see a Cirque du Soleil at IMAX, have a special dinner and hear for a favorite Canadian tea supplier's shop - Murchies. We will just miss the Victoria Tea Festival because it is this weekend, but we wanted to spend a special day on our anniversary itself. 

So I may be slow responding to posts...until we get back about noon on Friday. So have fun visiting the blog parties and I'll catch up with you later!


  1. Happy Anniversary and have a great trip. Your cup and saucer are sweet. Nice to know the name of this pattern. ~ Sarah

  2. Hi Ruth,
    I loved reading your post, not only about the history of the Monticello Vine Spode cup, a beautiful cup and saucer, but also about your plans for the celebration of your wedding anniversary.
    Happy Wedding Anniversary!

  3. Enjoy your special day and congratulations on your Anniversary.

    Someday I would like to visit Monticello. It has inspired so many beautiful things, like the blue transferware plate in my shop and your lovely cup.

    Your new photo of your jubilee cup really brings out the colors. Good job!

  4. I love love that Spode teacup, it is gorgeous. Happy anniversary.

  5. Have a great trip. Pretty pattern you are showing too. Happy VTT

  6. Thanks for the historical tour. Your cup is perfect for the day.

  7. Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful trip.
    love your tea cup, I have a silver mint juilep cup from my trip there.

  8. hope your trip is a delight and I would be happy to just stand outside and gaze upon the Empress!

  9. Happy Anniversary!

    I'm unfamiliar with this Spode pattern, thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  10. Beautiful teacup! I love the rippled effect on it! Happy Anniversary!
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. Happy Anniversary dear friend. Oh, I am green with envy...love Victoria!
    Much love, Linda

  12. This collection is all of you
    all that is beautiful, I'm saving a lot of English tea cups.
    the previous message was went wrong or right?
    I think he sent 2 times
    nice week!

  13. The Kew garden china was sold in the gift shop at Kew gardens for profit. It says on the package it is manufactured by www.kew.org.
    Than for stopping by!


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