A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Canada Coat Of Arms Teacup, Vancouver, BC and Tea At Sea

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!   I hope you had a lovely weekend. Ours was gorgeous with mild fall weather...once the morning marine layer/fog disappears. See my previous post for what that looks like!

The Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky and the blogs I am joining is at the bottom of the post.

My teacup today is a Canadian souvenir cup and saucer featuring the coat of arms for Canada...or at least that's what it's called. I hope my Canadian friends can tell me if it really is. I love the fish and thistles on it! The maker is the famous Royal Winton Grimwades, England and the teacups was made between 1934-1942. The company is famous for it's art deco designs, Cottage ware and chintz, but this is a fun departure. I found this a few years ago in Vancouver, BC Canada, which is why I chose it for today.

Last month, we were able to do an Alaska cruise on the Celebrity Millenium from Canada Place in Vancouver, BC.  What a deal we got! I couldn't believe it! Cheaper than staying home. WooHoo!!!!

Sailing out under Lion's Gate Bridge in Vancouver

Stanley Park and the seawall...

My honey relaxing on a teak lounge in the Solarium 

 Onboard we loved the Olympic specialty restaurant onboard, which is named Olympic after the sister ship of the Titanic. The Olympic was also a White Star Line ocean liner built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland in 1910. White Star ultimately became Cunard. The dining room has the original paneling and murals from the Olympic. I have found a YouTube video with more info about how the dining room, the Olympic specialty restauraunt came to be on the Celebrity Millennium: 

We were invited to a tea in the Olympic restaurant, and I share here a few photos of that. We were so busy talking to friends I forgot until the end to take photos. Also, some of the original Olympic artifacts were in glass cases and did not photograph well. Sigh...

So there you have it. Next week I'll share about our glacier viewing and bear hunt!

Here is the  linky for Tuesday Cuppa Tea and the list of some of the blogs I am joining. Have a great day, and don't forget to have a cup of tea with a friend!

Monday Marketplace
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
Afternoon Tea
Tea On Tuesday
Tea Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday

What’s It Wednesday


  1. I like your Canadian seal tea cup. It looks very regal.

  2. I believe you are correct on the teacups arms. What a fabulous adventure you had... tea and glacier and bear hunting!! Can't wait for next week.... xo HHL

  3. The cruise food looks great, and I am so happy you got to enjoy an Alaska cruise. I can't wait to see more photos!

  4. Our Alaska cruise was exceptional and they served afternoon tea as well. The rooms and food look like you had all the comforts of home.
    The bear hunt sounds like fun, looking forward to that post!

  5. Special teacup and special cruise! The tea looks so delicious and the photos enjoyed so much. Thank you for hosting your party today!

  6. Ruth, you had such a wonderful time on the cruise and your teacup is lovely. I enjoy looking at your pictures. They always bring back memories of our trips to Vancouver to visit our middle son and his family. Thank you for sharing and Happy Autumn!


  7. Wow! What an interesting trip on that ship. Cup is nice too.

  8. That is an interesting teacup. I noticed the galleon which is part of the New Brunswick flag. It appears that not all of the provinces and territories of that time are represented but I'm not sure. The cruise looks wonderful!

  9. Such an interesting post. Love the pictures. Thanks for hosting.

    Jocelyn @

  10. Hi Ruth,

    Your Canadian souvenir cup and saucer with the coat of arms is gorgeous! What a wonderful trip - the cruise sounds delightful. Happy Fall!

  11. Your teacup is lovely and what a great time you had. Thank you for the information on my unmarked brown bird teacup.

  12. Thanks for sharing your Alaska cruise with us. I loved seeing the Titanic displays - and yummy foods. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  13. Great Canadian tea cup! I lived in Canada more than 20 years, but I can't tell you if that is the exact shield or not. lol! I never looked at it that closely. Hopefully one of your Canadian readers will know.
    It looks like your cruise was amazing. The special tea with the string quartet must have been really lovely!

  14. Very nice tea cup! And very interesting post, I enjoyed your photos, such a great cruise.
    Thank you very much for hosting.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  15. Dear Ruth ..What an exciting post...with a fabulous teacup memorabilia... I was amazed to see the Cunard Line name...which I sailed on( The Sylvania) in the 1960's on my way to Scotland...

    What a wonderful journey aboard the cruise liner... and such a special teatime complete with a musical quartet..It just doesn't get any better !!!

  16. What a fabulous trip! Thanks for hosting!

  17. I have your Canada cup or had it. I wonder now what box it might be in as I have not seen it for a while. Now I want mine out after enjoying yours!


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